To Post or Not to Post? That is the Question.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision and you have social media, you should set your settings to “private” so that your posts are only visible to your friends and family. You should also avoid posting on social media regarding your accident, including photographs or sharing any specifics about the accident. Insurance adjusters often brose social media websites to gather evidence to discredit your claim for injuries.
In the event your injury claim progresses to a lawsuit, any post, photograph, or video regarding the accident or your injuries and damages are “discoverable.” This means that you may be required to produce those posts to the attorney for the insurance company, and depending on the content of those posts, they could damage your case.
Additionally, it is typical in the discovery process of litigation that Plaintiffs are required to produce photographs or videos of themselves participating in recreational activities from the date of the accident up to the present. So, if there are photographs of you online participating in extreme sports or other activities that are highly physical in nature, you can bet that those will not be helpful to your personal injury case.
Therefore, adjust your social media settings to private and avoid posting photographs or videos online regarding your accident. If you have already posted online regarding your accident or injuries, you should consult an attorney. If you are unsure if you should post something or not, it is best to err on the side of caution and skip sharing the content.
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle collision? Call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley at BSG LLP today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.