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Posting about your car accident on social media

Staying connected to friends and family is important and the main way you do that is through social media. Is a car accident something that should make it onto your newsfeed?

It seems like a great way to let everyone know at one time what happened and what is going on in your life. But your car accident might not be something to share in such a public forum.

Before posting on social media after your accident, keep a few things in mind.

Your post can look like an admission of fault

With all those pictures, it's tempting to show your family and friends what just happened. You're not thinking about the claim you're going to make, you just want to keep your friends and family up to date. But even the most neutral post about the accident can be interpreted as an admission of fault. It's better not to risk it and avoid posting anything about your accident.

Posts about activities after the accident can make it seem like you're not really injured

For you, it might just be a short walk with the dog. To someone else, it might look like you're not as injured as you said you were after the car accident. Even a post that has nothing to do with what you're doing but is simply upbeat and positive can seem like you aren't as injured as you claimed.

It can go the other way too. Posts about being depressed or not being able to get out of the house can seem like you're being overdramatic to make a case. This is why it's best not to post. If you don't post anything, you don't have anything to defend.

Social media is not as private as it seems

Even with the tightest controls on your account, there is no way for you to control what your friends will share with their friends and where it will go after that. Even a "private" post can be sent out through a screen shot, and once that happens, you have no control over the post.

Social media is discoverable at trial

Courts have ruled time and time again that social media is not private. There are any number of ways someone can download your information to use at trial. The only way to be sure nothing can be used against you is if you don't post anything at all.

Play it safe, don't post

With all the things that could go wrong with your social media post after your accident, it's better not to post. There will be plenty of time to reconnect with your online social network after everything with the accident is settled. Until everything with the accident is settled, you'll want to connect with your friends and family in ways that will not harm your accident claim.

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