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Avoid Social Media Mistakes After a Car Accident

During our current era, just about everybody is on social media. In fact, many people spend more time communicating with family members, friends, and associates through social media channels than they do in person. There is nothing inherently wrong with this practice, but you should certainly take a deep breath and think long and hard about your social media activities if you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own.

The insurance company that is representing the negligent party that caused your injuries will be looking for any excuse to avoid responsibility. This can sound cold and calculating, but the stark reality is that insurance companies have one sole objective: They want to make as much money as they can, and they are very good at it. If there is any information out there that can damage your case, you can rest assured that the insurance company and its legal department will be able to uncover it.

This used to be much more difficult than it is today. It has never been uncommon for insurance companies to engage private investigators to tail people who have filed personal injury lawsuits. They are looking for activities that would suggest that the injuries in question were being exaggerated for monetary purposes. This practice still takes place, but the insurance companies now have the ability to get information from social media accounts.

With this in mind, you should absolutely refrain from posting anything that can impact your case on social media. You should never post right after an accident, and you would not want to post a picture of yourself engaging in any type of physical activity after an accident. This is true even if the image is not actually proving anything. For example, you could move around a little bit “dancing” very gingerly with a smile on your face. You know that your injuries are legitimate and you have limited abilities, but the insurance company could spin such a picture another way.

One way to approach it would be to assume that the insurance company’s lawyer is seeing every single thing that you post. This may or may not be true, but if you live by that simple rule, you will not make any mistakes that could cost you a great deal of money at the end of the day.

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Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Avoid Social Media Mistakes After a Car Accident

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