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Lessons Learned: Social Media Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident

Lessons Learned:  Social Media Mistakes to Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident

When an insurance company learns that you are making a claim for personal injuries following an accident, it will begin to do its search for any public information about you that you may not even know about. Twitter or Facebook will show you are vacationing in Costa Rica and zip lining through the jungle, gym exercising and posting your workouts.

The insurance company’s only goal is to pay the least amount of money on any given motorcycle claim.  When its claims department begins to invest the claim, they will snoop around to locate damaging information and you would never know.  Later on at your deposition, you will be asked how your life was affected and you answer you could not go on walks, no activities, etc. which will result in their lawyers attacking your credibility by showing you posts you made that contradict your sworn testimony.

The best course of action is to keep your life private during your personal injury case.  Do not accept any new friend requests.  Furthermore, be mindful about who you speak to and what information you disclose.  

What Should You Do – Or Not Do?

Here are some tips on what you can do to protect yourself and your motorcycle accident claim.  

1.  Do Not Share Details About Your Accident

Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience.  It is natural for people to want to Facebook not just about the accident itself, but also about their injuries and provide information about how hurt you are.  Good rule of thumb is to neve discuss your motorcycle accident or post any information about it.  The insurance company may use your social media posts as evidence.  Therefore, it is best to let your attorney handle how your claim will be presented.

2.  Do Not Share Injury Information Online

Do not post about your injuries to those on social media, especially information about your medical condition, doctor’s visits or medical procedures you may have.   

3.  Make Sure Family Members Do Not Make Social Media Mistakes

While you may not post about your accident or injuries online, other might post things about you.  A friend might take a photo of you and post it on their Facebook feed.  You have to try to prevent this.  I always say that when your claim is opened, you should be on your best behavior, not to contradict the information you have provided under oath.

4.  Keep Track of All of Your Social Media Accounts

An important tip that I provide to my clients is to keep track of your social media.  It is important that you login and set your privacy settings to private.  If you have posted anything relevant to your motorcycle accident, tell your attorney.  There are consequences for destroying evidence and spoiling things.  So, the best advice is do not post anything on social media after your motorcycle accident has occurred.

5.  Careful with “Check-Ins” on Social Media

If you have claimed to have suffered an injury that limits your mobility, social media posts can be the best evidence to contradict your testimony.  Personal injury cases are scrutinized by the insurance companies. 

6.  Guard Your Privacy at All Times

Be sure to set all social profiles to private.  Also, please tell friends and family members to tighten up their privacy settings.

Never accept any friend requests or “follows” from people you do not know.  You never really know who is behind a social media profile.  It could be the defendant or defense counsel or defendant insurance company

7.  Talk to Your Motorcycle Attorney

The most important step you can take if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident is to contact attorney Andrew Prince.  If you have any concerns or questions after an accident, do not hesitate to ask Andrew Prince.  It is free.  Andrew Prince can guide you through the pitfalls, like social media mistakes that may jeopardize your motorcycle claim.  Call him anytime at (800) 832-6529 or (732) 388-5454.  You can also email Andrew Prince at [email protected].

Andrew Prince is always here for you if you have been injured in an accident.  He has recovered millions for his clients and remember there is never a charge for a consultation.  

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