The era of social media seems like it is here to stay. From catching up with old friends, meeting new friends and creating professional relationships, social media has become the highly recommended way for people to interact with each other. While platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn are wonderful tools the help us socially and professionally, they be the cause of some detriment if you have a pending car accident case on your hands, as a car accident lawyer, like from Andrew R. Lynch, P.C., can explain.
These social media platforms are a means to share part or all of our lives for the masses to see. The sharing on the platform leave a digital trail for each person on it. This digital trail can be used in some cases by the insurance adjuster who can be working your car insurance case. Here are three instances where posting on social media can be harmful to your car accident case.
One way social media posts can harm your case in a negative fashion is it can bring up suspicion on how severe your car accident injuries are. Most people when they post on any social media platform, tend to make sure they have the most flattering photograph on there. Even if the photograph is highlighting injuries that occurred during a car accident, people will post the one that doesn’t make their injuries look as bad as it is. This flattering injury post can be harmful to your car accident case if an insurance adjuster sees it. An insurance adjuster can argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim them to be, due to the post they found on your social media page.
The second way social media posts can harm your case is by drawing suspicion on how much your cost of damages should be. Most people tend to believe social media posts can be innocent, however, if an insurance adjuster finds a post on your page or pages connected to yours about vacations, social outings, etc. it can really harm your case. An insurance adjuster can use that post to refute the cost of your injuries quoting that you are not suffering from too much monetary loss if you are able to go out with friends, or attend vacations with others.
The last way social media posts can hinder your case is by calling into question your emotional distress claims. It goes back to posts that you have made being social with friends, or posts that your friend’s have made of hanging out with you. These can be argued by an insurance adjuster that you are not suffering from any emotional distress from the car accident since you are still actively around other people and not focused on recovering from injuries and damages caused by the car accident.