Q: I posted a picture of my motorcycle accident on Facebook and made a comment about how I walked away from the crash. I’m now injured and am wondering if my comment will hurt my case?
For many people, Facebook is an avenue to share their everyday lives with friends and family. They regularly post about what they are doing, where they are going, or what just happened to them. Because posting comments and pictures on social media sites is almost second nature, many people who are involved in traffic collisions don’t think twice before posting something about their wreck.
Because we have seen insurance companies use social media postings against people in their accident cases, we would recommend never posting comments or pictures in the immediate aftermath of the crash or even in the days, weeks, or months following the accident. Insurance companies have discovered that social media can be a treasure trove of evidence to prove that people aren’t as injured as they said they were.
However, since you did make a comment about how you walked away from a motorcycle crash, a lawyer can still argue that you were simply amazed to be alive and not killed in a motorcycle accident. While your comment will not help your case, it probably won’t ruin it either. Your best bet is to speak with an attorney about your accident details and share with that lawyer the exact comment you made on Facebook so that you can get a good idea how to proceed with your claim. Don’t go it alone. We have as much experience with social media as the insurance investigators who are out to undermine you, so give us a call and like us on Facebook—that definitely won’t hurt your case!