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Some tactics on social media use after car accidents

Posted by Kenneth Doane | Sep 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

One thing that many folks in Jeffersonville forget to exercise caution with after their car accidents is social media. Thanks to technology, it may seem faster and more convenient to inform loved ones about their incidents on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. However, discretion is necessary to prevent issues with the aftermath. 

Discussing details of your accident with others before it reaches a resolution can lead to an unfavorable settlement. Insurance companies use different methods to verify accident claims and minimize settlement payouts. You may think you are not doing any harm by not giving your insurer a statement. But the company could just as easily use what you post online to substantiate or discredit your car accident claim. Consider the following suggestions. 

Watch what you say 

Your statements may be exclusive to a select audience, but insurance companies and opposing counsel can use them against you. A few things you can do to limit the audience for your posts is to set your social media settings to private, not accept new friend requests and disable sharing. Keep in mind that your information and activity is still vulnerable. 

Take a break 

Car accident victims should refrain from social media. Posts and pictures you put online that may seem harmless to you may be fuel for accident investigators claims adjusters. For example, an accident victim who is suing for compensation may post photos and statements about how he or she looks and feels fine or is recovering faster than expected, or engaging in activity that contradicts the severity of the injuries. 

Regardless of how socially active you are online, exercise caution after a car accident. The fewer people you share details with regarding your injuries, the crash and claim, the better. In addition to working toward a good recovery, you should take measures to avoid self-sabotaging your personal injury claim on social media.

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Kenneth Doane

Ken is an experienced personal injury attorney and practices in southern Indiana and the metro Louisville area. Ken and his team handle every aspect of his clients' cases from pre-suit settlement negotiations through jury trial and appeal, if necessary. He has practiced for over 22 years and has ...


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