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Why you shouldn’t talk about your car accident online

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it’s natural to want to share your experience with others. Social media platforms often serve as an outlet for this kind of information sharing, especially because posting can allow dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people to get up to speed quickly. However, discussing your car accident online can result in unforeseen consequences that could negatively impact an insurance claim or legal proceedings.

It’s a good idea to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to sharing your car accident experience online. Refraining from sharing details until your case is fully resolved can help to insulate you from the kinds of fallout that could keep you from receiving the maximum amount of compensation that you’re due.

What’s the big deal?

Activity on social media accounts can inadvertently harm your legal case. Comments, photos or even check-ins related to your accident can be misinterpreted or taken out of context and used as evidence against your claims. For instance, a simple statement like “I’m fine” posted after your accident could be used by insurance companies to argue that your injuries are not as severe you have claimed. Similarly, pictures from the accident scene can be scrutinized and potentially used to challenge your account of the event.

Additionally, discussing your accident online can lead to the spread of misinformation. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to make statements or assumptions about the accident that may not be accurate. These misstatements can complicate legal proceedings, as they create a public record of details that might contradict other evidence or testimony.

It’s best to keep details of the accident offline and communicate only with relevant parties, such as your legal team, insurance company and close family or friends. If you still feel the need to share widely once it’s all over, you can do so safely at that time.

John P. Aldrich
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