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Reasons to avoid social media after a Texas car crash

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Personal Injury

More than 634,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred in Texas in 2022, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. If you are injured in an auto accident, you might decide to seek compensation for your injuries. Consider avoiding social media so that things you post online won’t possibly hurt your claim.

Searching for evidence

It’s not uncommon for people to file fake personal injury claims following motor vehicle accidents. An insurance company or defendant in a personal injury case could search online for evidence to discredit a claim.

Someone could search your social media to see if you do or say anything that proves you’re not injured. Even if you are injured, you could post something that causes someone to believe you’re not as bad off as you claim. This can occur if something you post is misinterpreted or taken out of context.

Privacy issues

It’s generally best to avoid sharing information about your case on social media. Regarding legal matters, you want as much control over your case as possible.

Discussing your case on social media opens the door to possible inconsistencies between what you say online and in court. Keeping information between you and your lawyer is the best way to protect your privacy and the case.

Insurers generally want to pay as little as possible when dealing with personal injury claims. And searching social media for inconsistencies in your claim is a common tactic.

Staying away from social media is recommended. If you don’t want to give up your social media, consider setting strict privacy settings that will only allow trusted people to view your content.