Car Wreck: Should you post on social media after a car wreck?

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Car Wreck: Should you post on social media after a car wreck?

Car Wreck: Should you post on social media after a car wreck?

After you’ve been in a car wreck, someone says to you, “Look, I know you might be making a claim or filing a lawsuit from this wreck. Do not put stuff on social media. If you do put stuff on social media, be careful what you post.”

You might think, “What in the world are they talking about?”

I’ve been helping people who have been injured over the last 25 years in the state of Alabama. I’m here to tell you that in my experience, this is very good advice. 

I want to emphasize and maybe even make it stronger advice than what you originally received. 

Your social media will be thoroughly investigated.  

If you say you’ve been in a wreck and you’re talking to an insurance company or you file a lawsuit, you better believe that company is going to scour your social media accounts. 

They will look at every single social media post you’ve ever made in your life. 

Even if you think you have your pages in a completely private setting. 

They will find your photos. 

They will find your tweets.

They will find your Facebook posts.

Whatever your social media platform of choice is, they will find this information and use it. 

What are they using this information for?

They will find whatever information they can twist to make you look bad.

They may find that you said something that is very inflammatory.

Are you a Democrat? Then they will paint you as a socialist. 

Are you a Republican? Then they will paint you as a capitalist. 

They will do whatever they can to alienate you from other people. 

Wearing a mask has become a very political issue.

If you don’t believe in wearing a mask, you might post, “I can’t believe all these morons are wearing a mask. Anyone that wears a mask is an idiot.”

Well, this may come up when you’re sitting in front of a jury and you’re trying a case. 

Everyone on the jury is wearing a mask because that’s the rule of the courtroom. 

And now this post is brought up and makes it seem like you believe the jurors are idiots.

Well, this is not going to look good for you. 

Or it could be the opposite – maybe you say anyone who doesn’t wear a mask is the most self-centered, selfish person, who just wants to infect everyone and kill people.”

Again, this is a pretty inflammatory statement that you wouldn’t want to be used to alienate you in a trial. 

They may find that you have an embarrassing post. 

Maybe you have some photographs on your page that are embarrassing. 

You’re falling down drunk after a night out. 

They could try to use this against you in the trial to attack your character and make you look bad. 

They may find something that is inconsistent with your injury claims.

After the wreck, you say that your back is killing you and you can’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time.

As a result, you’re not able to work. 

You’ve got a lot of lost wages and claim that the injury affecting your enjoyment in life. 

Then you put a little video up on your social media page. 

In your video, you talk about how you had the greatest time driving from Birmingham out to Los Angeles on a fabulous trip. 

Well, if you can’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time, how are you enjoying that fabulous road trip sitting for hours at a time?

You may have a good explanation.

Maybe you took a lot of pain medication to get through it because you wanted to enjoy time out on the west coast with your family. 

Maybe you took an RV which was driven by your spouse so that you could get up and move around every few minutes. 

There may be an explanation, but on the surface, this looks very bad. 

Whether we like it or not, social media can have real consequences.

Whether you think cancel culture is a good thing or a terrible thing, we all recognize that people have lost jobs due to their social media posts. 

People have even had their acceptance into a school revoked or lost prominent positions because of something they wrote 10 years ago. 

It could be just one tweet, a video they posted, or a joke they made. 

People who were opposed to that person dug up that old post and now they are using it to harm that person. 

Whether it is right or wrong to do so does not matter – it still happens. 

Understand that the insurance company or the defense lawyer will do this to you. 

They will hire investigators. 

They will try to find things they can use to hurt you. 

Maybe they want to embarrass you into taking a lower settlement because otherwise, this information will come out in the trial. 

Or maybe they use it at trial to get the jury upset with you so that you either get nothing or to hold down a verdict against you. 

Am I saying to delete everything?

No.

Don’t delete everything, and obviously talk to your lawyer about this before doing anything. 

If we represent you, we will have this conversation directly with you. 

You don’t want to destroy things that could be considered evidence because this will also make you look bad.

Deleting old posts isn’t helpful and you really can’t change the past.

I’m just saying that if you have a personal injury situation on your hands, don’t do anything that could harm you.

It’s much better to be criticized for something that happened 10 years ago than for something that was put up 2 weeks after the car wreck.

My suggestion is that you don’t put anything up on social media. 

Be careful what you like or comment. 

If you’re going to post, stop to think about what you’re posting. 

Before you like. Before you comment. 

Is there any way someone might take this and twist it to make me look bad?

If you care about your claim and your lawsuit, then do not post it. 

This may not be fair, but it is a fact we must deal with during a lawsuit.

If you live in Alabama and you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us.

We would be glad to help you in any way we can.

You can reach us by phone at 1-205-879-2447, or you can fill out a contact form and we will get in touch with you quickly. 

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

-John Watts

 

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