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Why You Should Avoid Social Media After a Car Accident

Think Twice Before Sharing to Facebook

If you've ever been in a car accident, you know that it's a traumatic experience. The last thing you need is the added stress of dealing with social media. Unfortunately, however, many people make the mistake of posting about their accidents online. This can have serious consequences for your case. In this blog, learn why you should avoid social media after a car accident.

Evidence Against You

If you share information about your accident on social media, anything you say can and will be used against you. Even if you think your privacy settings mean your posts are secure, insurance companies can subpoena Facebook and other platforms for information related to your case. It’s recommended to avoid posting anything about the accident online, even if it seems like a harmless update to friends or family.

Your Posts Will Be Scrutinized

In addition to being used as evidence against you, anything you post on social media after an accident will be scrutinized by the other driver’s insurance company. The insurer will be looking for any detail that could help them deny your claim or reduce the amount of money they have to pay out. If you post something that contradicts your account of the accident, or if you seem to be enjoying yourself in photos when you’ve claimed to have suffered serious injuries, the insurance company will use that against you.

Your Privacy May Be at Risk

When you post about an accident on social media, you may also be inadvertently giving away information that could jeopardize your privacy. For example, if you post about the accident on Facebook and tag the other driver, their insurance company now has access to your profile and can see anything you’ve posted there.

Avoid tagging anyone in posts about the accident, and be careful about who you friend or follow on social media after an accident.

Work with a Car Accident Attorney

In short, it’s best to avoid social media altogether after an accident. Anything you post could be used against you, and it’s just not worth the risk.

Have you been in an accident? Contact the team at Pacific Cascade Legal today. We can help you protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve.

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