Social media can be a great way to stay connected, particularly during these COVID-19 pandemic years with long stretches of isolation and social distancing. Many of us like to share pictures from major life events on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, or other platforms. However, if you were recently involved in a bicycle, pedestrian, or car accident, turning to social media is not a great idea and, can ultimately negatively impact the outcome of your case.
The Dangers of Using Social Media
Once you file a claim against the at-fault driver, their insurance company will be on a mission to find ways to discredit your claim. Social media is a font of information; even the most seemingly innocuous post can affect your case. The smallest mistake could cost you thousands of dollars in recoverable damages.
One of the most dangerous things you can do on social media after a bike accident is write about the details of the incident. If there is even a minor difference in how you write about the accident online versus how you might describe it in a police report, deposition, or in court, these discrepancies can make you appear dishonest. Although these are mistakes that can easily happen over time rather than an intentional attempt to deceive, the insurance company will exploit this issue.
Another often-used tactic by insurance companies is to find and document all social media photos and use them against you to argue that you appear to be “pain-free” and without mobility, restrictions based on a particular photo.
It is also worth noting that posts to social media platforms that “disappear” such as “Snap Chat” can be recovered and used against you. Although sharing online can help create a sense of support and community after something as intense as a crash, it is best to keep these conversations private.
If you are ever unsure of a social media post, contact your attorney’s office. As a rule of thumb, stay off social media while you have a legal matter. Period!
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If you were injured in a bike accident case, the legal team at Piscitello Law can provide the exceptional guidance you need to navigate it. We have been representing accident victims for more than 35 years and are backed by a history of successful results, so you can rest assured your case will be in good hands with us. You should not have to bear the costs of another person’s negligence.