Throughout the world there are billions of people who are active on social media on a regular, if not hourly, basis. This is something that BrandWatch, a social media intelligence company recently reported. According to their research, 2.2 billion people spend around 142 minutes per day on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites.
Considering how popular these social media sites are and how they can help us keep in touch with our family and friends, it shouldn’t surprise you those car accident victims will oftentimes share information there about their accident. However, it’s important to understand that you could be sharing too much here. In fact, there are several reasons why taking to social media about your accident could adversely affect your case.
Why You Should Avoid Social Media After a Car Accident
When you’re injured in a crash, you’ll want to seek compensation for your losses. This is done by filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Employees at this company are highly trained to find weaknesses in your claim so they don’t have to pay you money for your damages or losses. Besides the information you write on your claim and the conversations you have with the insurance company’s employees; the company will also look for other information. Oftentimes they’ll check your social media profile too.
What Information is Used by Insurance Adjusters to Deny Your Claim
Even though you might not have made any statements that aren’t in your best interest while speaking to the insurance agent, your social media post can offer up quite a different story. Many people will post photos of their vehicles and any injuries they’ve sustained there. They’ll also update people regarding how their claim is going. If an adjuster doesn’t like what they see here, they may deny your claim.
According to an accident attorney, there are two important areas where you put your rights at risk here:
- If you contradict the information that’s in your claim, you’re refuting what you’ve already told the adjuster regardless of what forms or supporting documents you may have given them. For instance, if you post that you’ve enjoyed a hike today but you’ve told them that you broke your ankle, you may lose any monetary award that you’d have otherwise received.
- Your friends’ and family’s content is posted to your profile when they engage with you via social media. Insurance adjusters will see this content. If they feel that what you’re showing there refutes the claim you’re making, you will lose any monetary award that you may have otherwise been entitled to.
Get Advice From a car Accident Attorney
When you’re injured in a car accident that was no fault of your own, make sure you reach out to an experienced car accident attorney instead of heading to social media to post about your experience. If you reside in Tampa, Florida you should immediately pick up your phone and give the Rojas Law Group a call.
Attorney Juana Maria Rojas is dedicated to giving you the good, solid advice you need as you make your way through the claims process. He’ll help you avoid any of the pitfalls that could possibly affect your right to monetary compensation. When you’re ready to speak to an experienced accident attorney, contact his Tampa office to set up a consultation.
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