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Reasons to avoid talking about a car accident on social media

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

People take the internet for granted these days. The technology’s benefits are present in every aspect of modern living.

Among its advantages is the power to broadcast life’s occurrences as one sees fit. Despite the temptation to do so, this is often unwise. For instance, discussing a car accident with the world can have negative consequences.

Potential evidence in court

When someone talks about having a car accident online, it leaves a digital trail that is difficult to erase. Posts on social media may become exhibits in an ensuing court case. Opposing parties will use anything they find that works to their advantage.

Influence on witness credibility

Social media activity can affect the perceptions of eyewitnesses. If someone shares their version of events in a public forum, it could unintentionally influence bystanders. Legal eagles may then argue that this discredits their official testimonies.

Violation of privacy

Discussing a car accident on social media sometimes infringes upon privacy rights. Thus, sharing names, photos or details about an accident without consent may create additional legal trouble. Others involved in the accident might pursue justice for this, which can further complicate an already complex situation.

Insurance company probes

Auto insurers often investigate accident claims with a fine-toothed comb. They know where to look for additional information that might affect their decisions. If someone publically makes a statement about the wreck, it could lead to questions about the legitimacy of their assertions, resulting in denied or reduced settlements.

Everyone should think twice before discussing a car accident on social media. Even innocent comments can significantly impact the legal outcome.