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Why you should avoid social media after a car accident

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Firm News |

The average person spends a large portion of their day scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms. While these offer a great way to keep up with family and friends, they can also be a source of trouble if you use them after a New Jersey car accident.

If you are involved in an accident, you may be tempted to update everyone through social media. It may feel like a fast and effective way to let everyone know what’s going on. However, before you press “post”, consider a few reasons why this may be a bad move.

Your post may be taken out of context

The insurance company’s goal for the at-fault party is to find any information they can use against you and minimize your accident claim. Even if you post a simple picture of you walking your dog or a statement that you are going out with friends, the insurance company can take it out of context. They may claim these activities prove you aren’t as injured as you claim to be and therefore don’t receive compensation.

Venting or anger about the accident may harm your case

It’s only natural to be mad and frustrated after a car accident. Because of this, you may want to vent a little on social media. While it may seem like a good outlet, this too can be used against you. If the insurance company comes across this type of post, they may argue your compensation claim is just out of anger and retaliation rather than true injuries.

Your best bet is to avoid social media after an accident

If you want to protect your right to compensation, it’s best to refrain from using social media after an accident. Even if your account is private, this information can still be found and used against you – remember, insurance companies do this for a living. 

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