Social media has revolutionized the way we stay in touch with friends and family, and how we share news and experiences about our lives. Most people have a favorite app that they use to interact with the people they are closest to, and they reach for that app before placing a phone call or stopping by for a visit as a way to keep everyone in the loop.
However, there are certain things you should never post about on social media, and your motor vehicle accident is one of them. Here are three important factors to consider before you make a mistake that has severe penalties.
Courts will accept your photos as evidence
Posts from your social media accounts are allowable as evidence in court. Opposing attorneys can take photos of the accident or videos of your emotional reactions right off your page and use them against you during a trial.
Litigators can twist your words
A litigator can use your social media posts, and anything that you or anyone else writes about your accident, to disprove your claims in court. A simple phrase like “I never saw them coming” sounds like an admission of guilt in the hands of a talented attorney.
You cannot “delete” posts
Deleting a post does not remove it from the internet. If you realize you should not have posted after it has gone live, it is too late. Your post is still available to diligent investigators. Your best option is to simply never post about your accident at all.
Social media posts about your car accident can only hurt your personal injury case.