How Social Media Could Be Used Against Your Car Accident Claim

18 June 2017
 Categories: Law, Blog

If you've been involved in a car accident and need to file a claim or have done so already, there are few important things you need to know about your social media accounts. Unfortunately, sometimes car insurance company adjusters look at social media for evidence of wrongdoing and/or overstated car accident claims. Therefore, you'll need to be careful what you post on social media. Here's what you should and shouldn't do.

Turn off your location marker

If you're claim involves pain and suffering or a lack of income because you can't return to work, checking into various events place by using your location marker in social media can be used against you. The claims adjuster could say that you were not inured as severely as you claim of you were able to go to all the various events and places. He or she could also say that the accident must not have damaged you financial situation. Keep your location turned off on your mobile device.

Do not post that you are okay

Many times people post serious situations they've been involved in because they know their family and friends would be concerned. However they also sometimes try to alleviate the concern by saying that they are okay when in fact they are not. Unfortunately, claims adjusters can use this information to their advantage by taking it out of context. Then, they could attempt to deny your claim by saying that, "Well, you said that you were okay, so how can you have pain and suffering."

Change your settings to private, now

If you don't already have your settings set to private change them now. That way, an insurance claims adjuster won't be able to see any future posts that you make to your social media accounts. Also, make your profile hidden so people you don't know cannot send you a friend request. Essentially, lock up your account as tight as you can just as you would if you had a stalker.

Do not delete or edit anything you've already posted

If you've already posted things that you're concerned about now don't delete or change them. Doing so could be seen as a destruction of evidence, which could have your claim end up being thrown out. If you are concerned about some of your posts, inform your car accident lawyer so he or she can come up with a good defense for those posts, even though you are a claimant.