After being injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s natural to want to reach out to your friends and family members online for support and to let them know how the recovery process is coming along. But, it’s vital to keep in mind that insurance companies can and will use your social media accounts to find any evidence that they can use against you and your claim.
Don’t let a seemingly innocent message, post, or tweet impact your recovery after being injured. If you have a pending motorcycle accident case, here’s what you should know before hitting the “send” or “post” button on your social media account.
How Social Media Can Be Used Against You
Ultimately, insurance companies make money by devaluing or denying even valid injury claims. To do this, insurance adjusters will go to any means necessary to gather pieces of evidence that could be used against the claimant. Social media is a valuable piece of evidence that adjusters will use to try and disprove your claim and offer you less compensation than you deserve.
For instance, they may scour your social media account for photos, videos, comments, or updates in order to do the following:
- Find anything you wrote that they could twist to say you admitted fault
- Show that your injuries are not as extensive as you are claiming them to be
- Call into question your integrity, honesty, or character
Steps You Can Take To Protect Yourself Online
When it comes to social media usage during a pending motorcycle accident claim, the best advice we can give you is to avoid posting whatsoever during this time period. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and even something that seems innocuous may be twisted to disprove your claims.
If it is not plausible for you to stop using social media, we urge you to, at the very least, avoid doing the following:
- Posting Photos and Videos. You always want to think about how a moment in time would look if someone else saw it—if a photo or video shows you happy and seemingly uninjured, do not post it. This especially applies to any content of you drinking alcohol or partying.
- Posting Updates on Your Profile. Don’t post any updates to your profile, even if it is something seemingly unrelated to your case, such as an activity you did, a place you visited, or a new job.
- Having Other Users Tag You in Posts. Ensure that your friends and family know not to post or tag you in any photos they take; you can also set up a setting where any tagged photos or posts need your approval to be shared on your profile.
- Discussing Anything About Your Claim Online. Anything regarding your case, including how the crash occurred or your injuries, should not be discussed online.
- Accepting Friend or Follow Requests From Unknown Users. Insurance adjusters can sneakily make fake online profiles in order to send friend requests and get access to your account.
- Assuming Your Profile Is Private. Even if you have every privacy setting set on your social media profile, anything that you post is out there for the online world to see.
We Can Help You Navigate Your Claim
Never attempt to handle a motorcycle accident case on your own, especially when you don’t have to. At Gill Law Group, PC, we offer free, personalized case reviews to those who have been injured in motorcycle crashes due to the negligence of others. Additionally, clients pay nothing out of pocket to retain our quality legal services.
Our head attorney, Raja Gill, is an avid motorcycle rider and shares a connection to those within the motorcycle community in Orange County. Get a tenacious legal advocate on your side who understands what you’re up against and will advise you on how to proceed throughout the entirety of your motorcycle accident case.
Don’t wait after being injured—time is of the essence! Contact our firm at (949) 681-9952 to get started today.