Car accidents can be traumatic experiences that often leave people feeling shaken and overwhelmed. In such moments, people might turn to social media platforms. They do this to share their experiences, express their emotions, and seek support from their friends and family.
However, social media use after a car accident can have unintended consequences, jeopardizing your ability to obtain fair compensation for your injuries and damages. In this article, we’ll take a look at many of the negative impacts social media could have on your car accident case. We’ll also show you how to avoid making mistakes when it comes to your posts.
A Sand Law attorney can help you avoid many social media pitfalls affecting car accident injury victims. We’ll also fight to help you get every penny of compensation you deserve. Schedule a free case evaluation by calling 651-291-7263 or contacting us online.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Say
After a car accident, being mindful of what you say on social media is crucial. While it might be tempting to vent your frustrations or share your thoughts and feelings, it could harm your case. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t say:
What You Should Say:
- That you were involved in a car accident.
- That you suffered injuries or damages.
- That you’re seeking medical treatment or legal help.
- That you’re grateful for the support of your friends and family members.
What You Shouldn’t Say:
- That you caused the accident.
- That you were distracted while driving.
- You were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- That you were speeding or violating traffic laws.
- You don’t need medical treatment or legal help.
- You are feeling fine or that your injuries aren’t severe.
Can Insurance Companies Use Your Social Media Profiles as Evidence?
Without a doubt. Insurance adjusters are trained to investigate claims and look for evidence to help them deny or reduce your claim. Social media profiles can be a treasure trove of information for insurance adjusters. These adjusters can use your posts, photos, and comments to build a case against you.
For example, suppose you post photos of yourself engaging in physical activities like hiking or playing sports. In that case, insurance adjusters might argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. If you post comments about how the accident was your fault, insurance adjusters might use those comments to deny your claim.
Be cautious about what you post on social media after a car accident. Don’t post anything an insurance company could use against you in court. Also, be careful about what you say to anyone asking about the accident.
Don’t Talk About Fault with Anyone Other than Your Attorney
But adjusters won’t just stop at your social media pages. They could try to speak with your family members and friends. Please don’t discuss the case with anyone – no matter how close they may be to you. The reason is that you can’t be sure of what they’ll tell an adjuster.
Admitting fault can have severe consequences for your case. It can weaken your negotiating position and make obtaining fair compensation for your injuries and damages harder. The opposition will use that against you in court.
Let your attorney handle all communication related to your case. They’ll advise you on what to say and what not to say and work to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
Don’t Broadcast the Details of Your Accident
Another mistake people make after a car accident is broadcasting the details of their accident to the world. While sharing your experience with others might be tempting, doing so can have unintended consequences, including jeopardizing your case.
For example, if you post about the details of your accident, including the location, date, and time, insurance adjusters might use that information to discredit your claim. They might argue that the accident didn’t happen the way you described.
Keep the details of your accident private. You should avoid posting anything the opposition could use against you in court. Be careful about what you say to anyone asking about the accident.
What Do I Do if I Posted About My Accident Online?
Consult a car accident lawyer as soon as you can. Your attorney can review your social media profiles and advise you on the best course of action.
Depending on the nature of your posts, your attorney might advise you to delete them or to make your profiles private. They might also advise you to refrain from posting anything else related to your accident or injuries.
Remember, deleting something you post on your social media feed can be challenging. Even if you delete a post, it might still be accessible through cached or archived page versions.
Minnesota’s Comparative Fault Laws
In Minnesota, car accident claims are subject to comparative fault laws. Comparative fault is a legal doctrine that allows each party to a lawsuit to be assigned a percentage of fault for the accident. The percentage of fault assigned to each party determines their share of liability for the damages.
For example, if an investigation finds you were 30% at fault, and the other driver was 70% at fault, you’d obtain 30% less compensation than if you were 0% to blame.
Understanding Minnesota’s comparative fault laws is important when pursuing a car accident claim. An experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the legal system and maximize your compensation under the law.
Contact Sand Law to Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
If you were involved in a car accident, it’s essential to consult a skilled car accident lawyer immediately. At Sand Law, our team of dedicated attorneys has years of experience representing clients in car accident cases, and we’re committed to fighting for your rights and interests.
We understand the challenges you face after a car accident. We’re here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. To learn more about how we can help you with your case, contact us online or call 651-291-7263 to schedule a free consultation.