You’re driving home from work during rush hour traffic and you come to a 4-way intersection which you have the green light to go. As you cross that 4-way intersection another car runs the light and hits your vehicle hard.
After exchanging information and calling a tow truck, you decide to let everyone on Facebook that you’re okay.
But wait, did you know that posting a status or a picture of an accident could be used against you when filing a claim?
Here are 6 helpful tips to help protect you on Facebook after an accident.
1. Update Your Security Settings.
Is your Facebook profile on the public setting for the whole world to see pictures of your cats, dogs, kids or what you ate last week?
Chances are if you don’t know, it probably is in the public setting. Switch it to private so only people YOU know can see your timeline. In doing so will help mitigate your information from the insurance company, who would use that information against you to undermine the validity of your claim.
2. Don’t Friend Strangers.
Think about this. Would you ever invite a stranger into your home to go through all of your belongings and be able to say anything they want to your friends and family?
Of course not.
So why would you do it on Facebook? Only choose to friend people you know, and never accept a stranger’s request, even if you like to see that friend count number rise. Your contact, posts, pictures etc. are at their disposal and could be used against you when you least expect it.
3. Do not discuss any pending legal action.
Discussing your current case on Facebook could be a one-way ticket to disaster-ville. The more information you put out there for people to view, the more information that can be used against your claim. Be smart. Don’t talk about it (at all) on social media.
4. No photos.
A picture is worth a thousand words
-Fred R. Barnard
There is a reason why children books are mostly visual, it gives the child a template of how the author wants the characters to be seen. However, even those pictures can be interpreted totally different from what the author intended for the reader.
Same thing with posting on Facebook. That “after car wreck selfie” you took may potentially be a detriment to your case.
Perception is reality when the insurance company reviewing your case finds you looking happy and star struck by posting your accident photos…it’s a risk.
5. Be Aware of What You Post.
Always be cognizant of what you’re posting and ask yourself, is it necessary?
These status updates don’t always necessarily reflect how we are feeling on a certain topic and maybe inconsistent of how you appear in court and what happened at the time of the accident
6. Contact an Experienced Attorney.
Finding an attorney with the experience needed to handle your (potential) case is an important decision. Ask for referrals from friends and relatives that have used an attorney that they trust.
Most personal injury attorneys offer a Free Consultation, so you can feel at ease asking questions about your accident/injuries without a financial burden.
In fact, most injury cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning the attorney is paid a percentage of the settlement instead of an upfront fee, once the case is over.