A motor vehicle accident in Minnesota is terrifying, not only for you but for your loved ones. We at the Cody Law Group understand why it makes sense to you to turn social media to let your family and friends know what happened and to seek comfort. However, when it comes time to go to court, what you post on social media could have a negative effect on your case.
You may think that if you keep your accounts private, what you post on social media cannot hurt you. However, that is not necessarily the case. There are avenues available by which insurance companies can obtain information from your private social media accounts, and what you post to apps like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook can work against you as evidence in court.
Social media posts can hurt your claim in three different ways.
- Interactions and updates suggesting that you are not in emotional distress
You may think that you are putting on a brave face, but positive or upbeat interactions with others or updates on enjoyable social activities may suggest to the insurance company that you have recovered from the accident emotionally.
- Comments suggesting that the accident was at least partly your fault
Avoid making these comments even as a joke. You may regard it as a coping mechanism, but the lawyers for the insurance company may take it out of context and use it against you.
- Images suggesting your injuries are minor
Avoid posting pictures of workouts or other physical activities, even if it is you in physical therapy. The insurance company may use it as evidence that your injuries were not extensive in the first place.
Even on a temporary basis, it can be difficult to refrain from using social media. However, your short-term restraint could help you claim the damages you deserve from your accident. More information about injury claims after car accidents is available on our website.