We thrive on posting and sharing details of our lives on social media, and through it, we’ve built important connections, both personal and professional. However, when it comes to legal matters, you need to be very careful about what to post and what to keep to yourself.

Read this blog carefully, so you can avoid experiencing an awkward situation.

Let’s start with this very simple principle: No matter how harmless it may seem, anything you post on social media can be used against you in a personal injury lawsuit. It doesn’t matter if you’re just venting, complaining, or seeking help. Don’t post anything!

Typically, insurance companies and defense attorneys conduct extensive research. They have ways of distorting the truth based on information gathered, which allows them to create a different story than what the plaintiff is claiming.

What we always recommend to our clients is not to talk or discuss your case with anyone after a car accident and most importantly, don’t post anything on social media. 

For example: Posting a picture of your car, with content that says: “I crashed my car” may suggest that you were the one who caused the accident. In your mind, it may seem like the right phrase to say at the time, without considering the consequences that could impact you. However, when the insurer reads it, they think you are accepting full responsibility for what happened.

Even when responding to a comment about your accident, you should be very careful. You could jeopardize your situation if a friend asks you if you are all right, and you reply, “I feel great,” either out of politeness or because you don’t want to go into details about what happened.

The best thing to do is to stay away from social media and keep a low profile until you and your attorney have worked out a fair settlement for your damages.

Ultimately, while it can be tempting to hop on social media to vent about insurance companies or attack defendants, the best thing to do is turn to a personal injury attorney to advise, listen and guide you through this process.