Social Media and Car Accidents: Why are they a bad mix?

When it comes to car accidents, insurance companies seek to delay, deny, and discount claims as much as possible. Through the years, they have become more and more creative in obtaining information towards that effort. Specifically, they have invested time and money in to obtaining information directly from injured persons. In many instances you may not even realize what is happening.  

Now, more than ever, our lives are on social media, and insurance companies and insurance attorneys are utilizing legal grade capture software. These software programs can be unleashed on any public social media outlet, and they retain all of your information (including the metadata)—and they still have it even you happen to delete it. Not only can they run this software on your social media, but they can also use it on your friends, family, and co-workers.  

The purpose of obtaining all of the information is to find any type of information that can be used to discount your car accident claim. Recovering through a serious injury, but decide to get one day this summer with your grandson to see him fish? Post that selfie on social media—all of sudden you are characterized as a lithe, happy fisherman. And we all know a picture is worth a thousand words, right?  

It is sad that insurance companies have taken it to this point, but people who are hurt in car accidents have to be extremely careful about what content they post on social media (and may be best to abandon it entirely for the length of your case). If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident—be wary of social media. 

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