Q: Is it true that what I say on Facebook can be used against me when I was the victim in a Maryland car accident?
Yes. What you post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets has the potential to become evidence in the courtroom. This does not necessarily mean that what you post on these sites will be used in the courtroom — just that it is a possibility.
In order for this information to be used, a lawyer must request that it be subpoenaed and entered as evidence into a specific lawsuit. It is up to the judge’s discretion as to whether the posts in question appear to be relevant to the case.
Anything you say about the accident or your injury may be considered relevant. For example, if you tweeted minutes before the accident that you were rushing home after a few drinks, this could definitely be valid information. If you posted on Facebook that you were in an accident the other day but weren’t hurt, that could definitely be used against you—even if you later saw a doctor for an injury resulting from the Maryland car accident.
Facebook is not the first communication venue to be allowed in the courtroom. In fact, lawsuits regularly use evidence from a variety of sources including:
- Phone messages
- Text messages
If you think that what you wrote on Facebook or another form of recorded communication may be a detriment to your Maryland personal injury lawsuit, then you should talk to an attorney to see what you can do to minimize the damage.
The experienced Maryland accident attorneys of Nickelsporn & Lundin offer a free consultation and will let you know what we can do to help you retain access to the compensation you deserve for your injuries.