Can Posting About My Wreck on Social Media Hurt My Claim?

 

If you've been hurt in an accident, it's better to be on the safe side and avoid posting anything on social media. Posting on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after you've been in a car, truck or motorcycle accident can hurt your personal injury claim. 

Who Shouldn't Post on Social Media?

I typically err on the safe side and advise all of my clients to stay off of social media. However, some people should be more careful than others. If you've been in a small fender bender and no one was hurt, it's unlikely that the insurance company is going to be checking your Facebook account to see what you've been up to. 

On the other hand, if you were in a serious accident with big injuries, it means the insurance company is going to have to pay out more money in your claim. This gives them an incentive to keep tabs on how you're doing - and to look for ways to devalue your case. 

Why Shouldn't I Post?

Posting on social media often lowers your credibility after an accident. If you're seriously hurt, the insurance company assumes you can't do certain things - visit friends, walk your dog, etc. - and these kinds of activities tend to dominate our online profiles.

If you're caught posting things that even imply your injures aren't as severe as you say they are, the insurance companies will use it against you. Furthermore, if the insurance company doesn't believe that you're in serious pain, that your quality of life has diminished due to the accident, etc., the value of your case will drop. 

You may be wondering, will the insurance company even see your tweets or posts? I always tell my clients that you must assume they'll see. Sometimes companies hire investigators to look into these kinds of things, so you're better safe than sorry. 

Isn't the Insurance Company on My Side?

This is confusing to people. Why should you be so worried? Isn't it the insurance company's job to pay your claims? Yes and no. I explain more in my article here

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Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas