Social media use has been on the rise for years and has risen exponentially within the last decade across multiple age groups. Social media use is often criticized for being a waste of time and a distraction. Social media platforms are designed to keep people on the platform for as long as possible and coming back each day.
Using social media is becoming easier as more people have access to smartphones and other technological devices that make it easier to access social media at a moment’s notice. However, you should be careful about what you post on social media. You may not realize it, but if you’ve been in an accident and filed an insurance claim, your insurance company may use your social media content against you.
Your Online Activity Could Implicate You in Your Accident
A common feature for different social networking sites is indicating when users are online. On some sites, you can see if a user is active, inactive, and the last time they were online. Social media posts also typically have the date and time of when a post was made.
If you were posting on social media while driving, the insurance company might see that activity and connect it to your accident which can hurt your claim. Your social media posting could be used to justify calling you negligent.
Your Social Media Posts May Be Used to Discredit You
It’s not just posting around the time of the accident that could hurt your claim, but it’s also the posts you make after the accident. People are often injured following an accident. Typical car accident injuries include neck and back injuries that generally make it difficult for people to be active or lift heavy objects.
If you claimed that you were injured in your accident, but your social media posts show you to be fully active and as capable as before, your insurance company may deny your claim because you appear to be okay.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer about How to Handle Your Insurance Company
It’s not always easy to deal with insurance companies. Although it’s vital to have insurance to protect yourself, your provider doesn’t always have your best interest at heart. The insurance company is still a company, so their ultimate goal is to make money, and to do that, they have to be hyper-vigilant and overly critical of every claim you make. If you want to relieve yourself of some of your burdens, consider consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer about what you can do to maximize your insurance claim.
At Feller & Wendt, LLC, we have been helping personal injury victims recover damages for more than 25 years. One of the many benefits of having one of our personal injury lawyers by your side is that they can handle the negotiations with your insurance company. Our experienced lawyers know how to talk to the insurance company to help ensure you get the best possible outcome for your claim. If you’re worried that your social media use may be a detriment to your insurance claim, talk about it with a member of our firm. Call (480) 702-2277 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free legal consultation for your case.