Social media sure is a great way of sharing your day-to-day updates with your beloved friends and family members. However, if you are involved in a car accident case, it is wise to stay away from the Internet for a while.
You must refrain from posting anything on social media while your legal claim is going on. Insurance companies and defense lawyers regularly keep a check on your accounts, hoping to find something to hold against you in court. Having a Miami car wreck attorney will ensure that you avoid making mistakes that may cost you your compensation.
Why avoid posting on social media?
The law is complicated. While investigating the case, the defense attorneys and insurance companies will try to find anything that can help them pay you less money or not pay anything at all.
You should stay out of social media after a car accident, even if you think you will not post the wrong things. The danger of social media is that the defense parties can take a text, picture, or video out of context and accuse you of fraud.
For example, if you post a picture or a video of you on a vacation that was taken years ago before your accident, the defense party can make the allegation that you were faking your injuries and damages.
No matter how innocent you think your post may be, skilled attorneys can turn it against you, which can prove fatal to your case. Always remember, it does not matter what is true, but what the jury thinks is true.
What if you post on your private account?
It is completely naive for anyone to think that whatever they post on their social media is confidential, even if they have made their account settings private. You may post whatever you want and drop comments on other people’s posts, thinking that strangers cannot view your account.
However, the defense party can still get inside your account without you even knowing it. They may ask one of your friends or followers to share your post or “screenshot” it in exchange for money. This way, even if you delete the post later, the defense will still have proof of it.
How to stay away from social media
A few steps may help you stay out of social media until your case settles.
- First of all, do not delete anything from your account once your case begins.
- Temporarily disable your account
- Ask friends not to post anything related to your accident
- Only keep very close friends and family on your friend list.
One wrong post on social media can make you lose your entire compensation. If you have already made any posts after your car accident, maybe all is not lost. Consult with an attorney to explore your available options.