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Should you post about your car accident on Facebook?

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Facebook is easily the largest social media network available today, seeing about two billion unique monthly users. That means there are a lot of posts and photos uploaded every day. While you may have become accustomed to telling your friends about your daily activities all the time, you want to stay quiet online when it comes to a car accident. Posting the wrong thing could jeopardize your claim and affect how much money you get from your insurance.

 

Inadvertently posting self-incriminating evidence

Part of the claims process involves determining which driver holds the most negligence. You may believe it is abundantly clear that the other driver is to blame, but the things you say online could suggest otherwise. For instance, you may go onto Facebook and post something along the lines of "That other driver just came out of nowhere!" While this statement appears innocuous, it does imply that you shared some blame and that you did not see the other driver fast enough. Opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters can use such statements to avoid paying you compensation. 

Posting too much may show you did not suffer serious injuries

You should always go to the doctor following a car accident of any severity. Part of your claim may be to recover medical expenses. However, on Facebook and Instagram, it shows that you are out and about surfing, dancing or engaging in other physical activities. Your injuries may still be very real, but the opposing side can use those pictures as evidence that you were not as badly hurt as you said. 

Negating confidentiality

If you need to get an attorney involved in your car accident case, then you likely want to enjoy a level of confidentiality. Posting details on the insurance claims process may negate some aspects of that agreement, and you do not want specifics of your financial and medical situation divulged.

After an accident in which you were injured, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can provide you with additional information about your claim and take steps to protect your rights regarding compensation.

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