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Why crash victims need to take care on social media

You’ve been involved in a crash. You’re hurt, and you’re furious because the crash wasn’t even your fault. Maybe someone hit you while they were drunk, half-asleep, texting or acting way too aggressively. Maybe a defective tire blew when you hit a pothole, or a dog that wasn’t properly leashed darted out in front of your car.

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably tempted to vent about what happened to you on social media. This is understandable. After all, your friends and family are interested in what is going on in your life, and you want to share that information with them. However, it is not a good idea to talk about your situation on social media right now. It’s actually not a good idea to be on social media at all until your case is closed.

Why social media is dangerous while an injury case remains active

Until you have been paid the compensation you’re owed by an insurance company and/or you have won your personal injury lawsuit, anything that you post on social media could be used negatively against the case that you’re trying to make.

No matter how effectively an experienced personal injury attorney works on your behalf, if you post about your life on social media in ways that an insurance company or another lawyer could misinterpret and use against you, you could wind up receiving far less compensation than you’re rightfully owed. Even a picture of you holding a toddler on your shoulders could be used as evidence that you’re “not really that hurt.”

If you’re a regular social media user, you’re not alone. But you’ll want to curb that dependence on social media until your case is closed if you want to receive all of the compensation that you deserve after being hurt in a crash.