Understanding Social Media and Its Effect on Mississippi Accident Cases
On the one hand, smartphones have been wonderful inventions for documenting the immediate aftermath of a car accident, or other accident. Having an iPhone or Android handy makes it a snap to immediately take photos of an accident scene, or even record conversations in the aftermath. This can be useful evidence in pursuing a personal injury lawsuit.
But this quick access to smartphones also makes it extremely easy to share information about a car accident on social media. Sometimes this information, though initially perceived harmless, can spread far wider than its intended audience, and have unexpected consequences on a case. For these reasons, it’s important to be very careful about what you share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites following an accident.
Tips for Avoiding Trouble with Social Media in Personal Injury Lawsuits
The first thing to remember is to always err on the side of caution. If you’re questioning whether it could hurt your case, don’t do it.. Like any other statement, social media posts are admissible in court. More specifically:
- Don’t post anything about your accident, and don’t let your friends post about it either. It can be tempting to talk about your injuries and the progress you’ve made, but even something as simple as saying that you’re feeling better today could be used against you by the other side. It’s important to tell people you regularly interact with to follow your wishes as well.
- , Increase your security settings. If you’re concerned that your Facebook friends might post something about your accident on your wall, block anyone from posting on your wall. Don’t make any of your posts public, and be wary about accepting friend requests from people you don’t know.
- Don’t post about past injuries either. If you injured your back years ago and are suing for a back injury now, an opposing attorney may use this as evidence that your injury was pre-existing and not caused by the current accident.
- Finally, if you’re concerned about what personal information you’ve already put on the net, search your name in a search engine like Google. The other side will likely be doing this as well, so it’s important be aware of any information that is already out there that could hurt your case or be used against you.
Social media is a wonderful tool for bringing people together, but it’s also important to be aware that it’s a double-edged sword when a lawsuit is involved. Following these tips can help keep you out of trouble if you use social media following an accident.
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Drivers who have been injured in car accidents deserve to receive compensation for their injuries and property damage. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a car accident in Mississippi, an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can help. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.