There are lots of people using different social media platforms nowadays. It is an avenue many turns to share what’s happening in their lives. It is usually a common thing in the event of a car crash. Maybe you only wanted to let people know about your injuries, or you wanted to share photos of the moments before the crash.
Whatever the reason, you must resist the temptation. The insurance company and the at-fault party will likely use these posts to show that you weren’t too hurt, which could hurt your compensation claim.
Social Media Accounts are Public
Accounts on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, are generally public. That means anyone can go online, find your account, and use the photos and posts you upload. This is the backbone of these sites because this type of exchange aims to help people get more followers.
Unfortunately, these sites are public, which means that even the insurance company could see and use your posts after an accident. That could be especially damaging to your claim.
For example, if you were in an accident, your back may have been seriously injured. If you post a photo of yourself swinging your two-year-old niece, the insurance company will use it against you. They will say that you are not as injured and do not deserve compensation as much compensation as you are entitled to.
How to Protect Yourself
The best thing you can do to protect yourself from these tactics is not post anything on social media. This way, you will not give the insurance company or the at-fault party any ammunition to use against you. However, not posting anything on social media will not prevent the insurance company from rechecking your old posts, and they may.
For this reason, it is important not only to stay off social media but also to block their profiles. Today, all social media sites have privacy settings, and yours should be set as strictly as possible. This means that only people on your friends’ list or who follow you can see your posts. If someone else wants to see them, they will have to ask, and at that time, the request can always be denied.
Lastly, remember that you don’t want to stay away from social media if your friends and family keep posting photos of you. For this reason, you should ask your loved ones to refrain from posting any photos or information about you.
You should also ask them to avoid tagging you on anything, which will open the door for prying eyes to see something they shouldn’t.
Injured in an Accident? Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you need help with your personal injury claim. At Manning Law Firm, our injury attorneys in Baton Rouge, Monroe, and Shreveport, Louisiana, can provide you with all the advice you need throughout your case.
We will advise you on the main concerns you have, such as how much your claim is worth, as well as the minor details, such as staying away from social media. We do this to get you the compensation you deserve after an accident.
Contact us for consultation and learn more about how we can help you if you have been injured.