how social media can affect your car accident

Following a Georgia car accident, the other side’s legal team and the insurance company will be looking for anything they can use to twist the narrative of the crash and what actually happened, including the extent of the harm you suffered and whether you contributed to the collision. Unfortunately, this means that not only do you have to watch everything you say following the accident, but the things you post as well.  

To better help you understand what this means, in the guide below, we will go over how social media can hurt your Georgia car accident claim and what you should avoid doing when it comes to these platforms.

Social Media Posts Can Contradict Your Testimony

If you say something on social media that contradicts your case, it can hurt your chances of securing the money you need. For instance, if you indicate that you suffered a significant leg injury but then post on your social media channels that you went dancing, the other side will use this against you to question the extent of your injuries and try to ruin your case.

Social Media Posts Can Provide the Other Side With Evidence

Posing on social media can allow the other side to see what you are capable of doing following a car accident. This can be detrimental to your case, especially if you claim you suffered significant injuries due to the crash. In addition, there is no way to predict what will be called into question based on the content that you post. For instance, if you post a picture of your children on vacation, the defense can ask who took the photo, and if the answer is you, they may try to argue that you were well enough to partake in the activities with them.  

Social Media Posts Can Use Your Family and Friends’ Comments Against You

What makes social media so problematic, especially when you are pursuing an accident claim, is that even your family and friends’ posts can hurt your case. For example, if your friends make statements about the accident, your injuries, or your damages, these comments can be used to impact the amount of money you can receive. 

Things You Can Do To Help Your Car Accident Legal Claim

To avoid many of these issues, it is usually in your best interest to stay off social media following a Georgia motor vehicle accident. This means avoiding making posts about the crash, leaving posts in any online group forums, or even liking posts regarding your accident. If possible, it is also a good idea to let your friends and family know that they should not post anything about the case or your crash until it is over.
However, if you want further information about your legal options after a motor vehicle accident or how social media can impact your legal case, contact a Georgia motor vehicle accident attorney at the law firm of Richard D. Hobbs & Associates, P.C. today and find out how our legal team can help you fight for the justice and damages you deserve.