While posting comments and photos on social media may seem like harmless fun for the most part, the details you share about a car accident on social media can really hurt your claim. If you are pursuing a car accident case in Rhode Island, here is a look into what you need to know about using social media after an accident.
Do Not Post Pictures, Past or Present
After you file a car accident case in Rhode Island, an insurance adjuster or defense lawyer will likely be on the lookout for ways to reduce the settlement amount. One thing that may be used against you are photos that you post to social media sites. If these photos in any way imply that your injuries are not as serious as you presented them to be—such as a photo of you walking or jogging when you have claimed a serious leg injury—you can bet that this will be used against you. For this reason, it is best to not post any photos at all, even ones that occurred before your accident. Further, do not accept photo ‘tag’ requests for pictures posted by your friends and family.
According to an article published in the American Bar Association – The Journal of the Section of Litigation, social media evidence should be treated like all other evidence and may be presented in court. The use of social media in a trial is permitted, as what is published online is public.
Do Not Accept Friend Requests from People You Do Not Know
During a car accident case in Rhode Island, you should be sure to set your social media profiles to private, and do not accept any new friend requests from parties that you do not know. It could be an insurance adjuster/representative for the defense trying to learn more about your life.
Do Not Discuss Your Case
You should not discuss your case with anyone on any online forums, especially on social media where conversations are public. Not only can an online discussion raise questions about your own negligence and damages suffered, but it may also be prohibited. For example, if a settlement amount is confidential and you disclose it, you may be in violation of a contract agreement.
Temporarily Suspend Your Account
The best thing to do in terms of social media after an accident is to temporarily suspend your social media accounts and take a break from online activity. This way, you will not be tempted to post anything that could harm your case, and the other party will not be able to view your profiles, posts, and pictures.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney Today
The experienced Rhode Island car accident attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP can help to make sure that your rights are protected after a car accident caused by another driver. You can read more about What to Do after a Car Accident on our website. Not only will we guide you through best practices for social media, but we will also walk you through everything that you need to know, and will work hard to get you the settlement amount you deserve. Contact us online today, or call our offices now to schedule your consultation.