Social media can have pitfalls, though – depending on your privacy settings, your life is online, available for anyone with an internet connection to see. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, your first reaction may be to post about it online, including pictures. Your personal injury lawyer can tell you that limiting your social media presence after an accident will help you pursue a claim. One careless photo or tweet may call your claim into question, especially if the insurance company chooses to take it to trial or mediation.

If you aren’t the person at fault for the accident, you have a claim against the other driver’s insurance company, including payment for lost wages at work, medical bills, and repairing or replacing your vehicle. The personal injury attorney you hire to represent your case can help guide you about posting and improve your chance of recovering fair compensation.

Snapping, texting, tweeting – these are part of everyday life and if you’re like most people, you document most of your life on social media platforms. These sites are fun, easy to use, and a great way to share things with your friends and family all at once.

Even though you may set your privacy settings very strictly, nothing that you put online is truly private. Personal injury cases include gathering information, for both sides. Just as the team at The Law Offices of William Mattar is gathering evidence of the injuries you received after an accident, so also are the other party’s insurance company and their lawyers. Pulling photos and posts from your social media is a common place for these defense attorneys to start.

The other driver’s insurance company can track your posts and even something that looks truly innocent can be used to attempt to derail your claim.