Seemingly harmless posts that include pictures, videos, or even information about your car accident can be used against you.
It is not uncommon for individuals involved in a car accident to post pictures of the accident on their social media account. However, it’s important to understand that posting your crash on social media can be detrimental to your case and could ruin your chances of a fair settlement. Let’s discuss why posting your car crash on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or any other social media accounts isn’t such a good idea.
Your Words Might Be Used Against You
Seemingly harmless words you use on your social media post might be used against you. Innocuous comments that you post can be read as admissions of fault. Let’s say you say something like, “ they came out of nowhere,” or “my bad.” To you and your friends, these are playful comments to lighten the mood. However, to a court of law, this is a direct admission that you are at fault, even when you’re not.
Photos and Videos Are Evidence
Photos and videos that you post on social media could act as evidence that discredits your claim. For example, suppose you seek compensation for minor injuries and post photos riding a bike or dancing. In such a case, the photos will make it look like you’re exaggerating your injuries and, hence, not deserving of any compensation.
It May Be a Violation of Attorney-Client Privilege
The attorney-client privilege means that private matters you discuss between you and your attorney strictly remain between the two of you. Posting your wreck on social media is an immediate breach of this privilege. There’s nothing illegal about the client doing so, but you’ll have so much to lose and absolutely nothing to gain.
What You Post Can Stay Online Forever
Anything you post on social media sites stays online forever. It doesn’t matter whether you edit or delete it. Legal authorities and IT experts may still have access to what you posted.
Your Emotions Could Be Misconstrued
Social media is a safe space for most people to express their emotions without holding back. However, in cases of car crashes, your emotions might be misconstrued and be your undoing.
When emotions flare, and you post something abusive, or even something apologetic. The court may deem this as an admission of fault and could use it as a reason to invalidate your case.
Social media is great for parties, graduations, and other events, but not for car crashes. You can and should take pictures of the accident but never post them on social media. Doing so could hurt your claim.
Free Consultation with a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case. The consultation is free; you don’t pay unless we get you money!