• By: Hank Stout
  • Published: May 2022

Suffering injuries in a car accident can be traumatic for victims. In the wake of an accident, many victims may turn to social media to vent their emotions. While using social media to connect with friends and family during this difficult time is common and understandable, posting about your accident on social media can negatively affect your claim for compensation. Insurance companies could use any information you post about the accident to deny or devalue your claim.

If you have been injured in a car accident, having an experienced attorney in your corner is essential. Your attorney will work with you to understand every detail of your case to advise you of your rights and the best course of action moving forward to collect your claim. When you partner with an experienced car accident attorney like those from Sutliff & Stout, you can have peace of mind that they will fight tirelessly for justice on your behalf.

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How Can Social Media Hurt My Car Accident Claim?

Following an accident, it is in your best interests to entirely stay off social media to protect your right to compensation. Regardless of how you set your privacy settings, your posts may be found and taken out of context to question your claim’s validity. Some common ways posting on social media can impact your car accident claim include:

Your Posts or Comments About the Accident May Be Seen as an Admission of Fault

In the aftermath of an accident, it is common to feel the need to apologize, even if you were not at fault. While you may mean well, these comments can be used against you to deny or devalue your claim. Even simple comments such as “I couldn’t stop in time” or “they came out of nowhere” could be twisted into an admission of fault.

Posting About Your Claim May Jeopardize Your Confidentiality

You have complete confidentiality when you speak to a lawyer about your accident and injuries. In other words, your lawyer cannot share what you discuss unless they have your explicit consent. However, if you post about your accident on social media, the details of the accident are no longer protected under confidentiality and become public information. If the information is public, it could be used against you.

Insurance Companies and Their Lawyers May Use Your Posts to Claim You Are Not Injured

While recovering from a car accident can be physically and emotionally painful, many victims may find moments of joy on their road to recovery. When good things happen, it is natural to want to share these moments with others, especially during this challenging time. However, a picture of a dinner with friends or a happy selfie could quickly be taken out of context. The insurance company and their lawyers may see your activity and happiness as evidence you are not physically or emotionally injured.

Your Friend’s Comments Could Potentially Damage Your Claim

Even if you are careful not to share too much information in your post about the crash, your posts do not exist in a vacuum. Your friends and family may comment on your post, speculating about the causes of the crash or citing your driving history. For instance, your friend could comment on your post, “Maybe you shouldn’t drive so fast all the time!” While they may have intended to give you helpful advice or are making a joke, comments like this could be used against you to establish a pattern of unsafe driving habits.

Partner With a Seasoned Car Accident Attorney at Sutliff & Stout

The highly-qualified attorneys at Sutliff & Stout understand how difficult navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be. It can be challenging to keep up with appointments, bills, and what not to say on social media while recovering from such a painful experience. Our experienced attorneys are committed to making the claims process as stress-free as possible so you can focus on your healing and recovery. Our outstanding legal team will get to know you and every aspect of your case so that you can recover the compensation you need to move your life forward. Call us today at (713) 987-7111 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our trusted legal professionals.

About the Author

Hank Stout co-founded Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm, to protect and pursue the rights of people who were harmed by the carelessness of others. Mr. Stout is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been actively trying cases for over fifteen years. In recognition of his accomplishments and results, he has been selected by Thompson Reuters as a Super Lawyer since 2014 (a distinction given to less than 1% of the lawyers in the state of Texas) and has been selected as Lead Counsel. To learn more, read Hank's full bio here.

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