Chances are good you have some kind of social media presence, whether it is on Facebook, Twitter or something else. A report from the Pew Research Center shows that nearly seven out of 10 Americans have some type of social media account. There are those who post everything about their lives on these pages, but after a car accident, it is best to stay tight-lipped.
Until everything with your insurance agency becomes finalized, it is for the best to remain silent on social media; posting the wrong thing could seriously hurt your case. It is not unheard of for attorneys and insurance adjusters to use people’s tweets and Facebook posts in court, so you want to avoid doing anything detrimental.
Do not post anything (even if you think it does not relate to the accident)
You may feel tempted to post pictures of your damaged car, or you may want to provide updates about your medical condition. In general, it is best to avoid this information. You may post something innocuous about how you had to go to the hospital, but the doctor said you were fine. This may make it tougher to get the other driver’s insurance to pay for your medical expenses if you said everything went well. You also do not want to post anything about any activities you did in the days and weeks following the collision. For example, if you post a picture of how you went out with friends to the beach, then the other driver’s lawyer may use that to show your injuries could not have been that bad.
Do not accept friend requests from people you do not know
Change your privacy settings so that only your friends can see posts. Some insurance adjusters may even create a fake Facebook account and send you a friend request to see your posts. If you do not know someone, then do not add that person as a friend. You especially want to be mindful if the request came a week after the accident.