How to Handle Social Media After a Car AccidentMississippi Legal News
In today’s world, we become easily excited and eager to share our life happenings, good or bad. Whether we score that new job, eat at some cruddy restaurant or watch a new movie, we feel obligated to share. Sometimes, we even become too eager and share more information than we should. In fact, we end up sharing information we should be keeping confidential or to ourselves without realizing it.
Your involvement in a car accident is just one of many events you should avoid sharing immediately. Car accidents are serious events and tossing around information can hurt important legal processes. If you tend to be a chatterbox on social media, now is the time to put your phone down. Instead, learn to share the specifics with your lawyer, and understand how sharing too much can hurt your case.
Insurance Can Turn Down Coverage
Now you might be thinking, “Can insurance really turn me down because I mentioned an accident on Twitter?” Not inherently, at least. Mentioning you were involved in an accident might be one thing but giving out the juicy details is another. After a stressful event, we can get easily carried away by venting about our situation. But this also means unintentionally giving away more details than we should.
After you file an insurance claim, some insurers will check the social media accounts of their clients for any related posts. Insurance companies avoiding generously giving away hefty compensations, and the greater the sum, the more they will fight the claim. If an insurer finds extra, conflicting, or missing information in your posts, they can use that against you.
Whether this is through testimonials or photographs, you should avoid sharing too much information at all. Insurance companies will go out of their way to find any contradictions necessary, so avoid providing them ammunition.
Keeping Your Attorney Informed
Should you discuss your accident with anyone, it should be your personal injury attorney. Not only should you avoid sharing your accident on social media, avoid divulging any details about work with your lawyer. If you have not hired an attorney for your case and disclose it openly, you risk losing credibility.
You should only discuss accident details with your attorney, not your followers. Instead of paying them to twiddle their thumbs, pay them for their job. Discuss any details with them and provide facts so they can legally argue in your stead. If you ever have any qualms with an attorney or how they handle your case, you should discuss them immediately.
How Your Case Can Be Misinterpreted
Insurance agents not only look for missing or extra information about your accident through social media. They will also seek information that could be misinterpreted, whether you realize it or not. With substantial compensation costs, insurers will search for any discrepancies that can be found. They can point out exaggerations of your injuries or damages by using your social media post as a base. Even if you tell the truth, any missed details, no matter how minute, can be used against you.
When it comes to discussing an accident, always keep details and evidence between your hired attorney. Not only can they help you explain and organize your claim, but they can also help you approach your insurance company. By handling your accident carefully and responsibly, you can receive the compensation and help you need to overcome it.
Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost an important family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at 601-487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.