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Can Social Media Hurt My Car Accident Claim?

Social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter have become a popular way to network and share information about the events that took place during the day. In fact, for those who have been involved in a Michigan car accident it is normal to want to post on your social media account and reach out to your friends and family for emotional support.

However, it is important to hold back and refrain from posting anything on your social media accounts. When you talk about your accident on social media, you are setting yourself up for the possibility of either hurting or potentially losing your claim.

Immediately after your involvement in a car accident, the insurance companies investigate the claim which now often involves looking at your social media accounts to learn about your life. They are essentially looking at the accounts to see if there is information they can use on there as proof to:

  • Confirm or disapprove the severity of a your injuries;
  • Confirm or disapprove ability to resume normal activities and sports;
  • Confirm or disapprove ability to work;
  • Confirm or disapprove ability to interact normally with family members, etc.

Because of this possibility, our car accident lawyers at Goodman Acker P.C. recommend that you make sure your personal life is NOT an online open book until the conclusion of your case. This includes not only your own sites and profiles, but information about you that may appear on friends and family member’s profiles as well. Remember, if insurance companies are able to view your account(s), they may possibly use that information against you in your pending personal injury case.

To ensure your case is not hurt due to a social media account, you should ensure your settings are set to private on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other social media accounts you have a profile on. Inform all of your trusted family members and friends privately to refrain from mentioning anything about your car accident lawsuit online or bad-mouthing the insurance company.

In addition, avoid adding any new friends or followers until your case is closed unless you absolutely know and trust them. Never add an insurance adjuster or an acquaintance who works for an insurance company.

To really protect yourself in the best way possible, it is in your best interest to completely stop using your social media profile. This includes posting, commenting, or uploading photos. Of course, still keep in mind that social media is a public place and even if you have the most restrictive privacy settings, it is a good idea to not share anything that could possibly be used against you in your personal injury claim.

At the law firm of Goodman Acker our car accident lawyers in Michigan are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients, and that includes informing each and every client not only how the legal process works but how to best protect themselves when we are working to pursue the compensation they deserve. For more information on how to best protect yourself or if you are interested in pursuing a car accident claim after your involvement in a crash, call our top rated law firm today at(248) 793-2010.

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