5 Social Media Tips for Truck Accident Victims
February 16, 2021
When an 18-wheeler crashes, the resulting devastation is often catastrophic. Because of their sheer size — not to mention excessive weight — big rigs tend to cause extensive damage when they tip over in traffic or collide with fixed objects or other vehicles.
Thankfully, those who end up getting hurt in the process are usually entitled to compensation. If you were seriously hurt in a large truck crash, you may be able to take action against each and every party that contributed to the wreck.
While a resourceful truck accident attorney will be equipped to handle virtually every aspect of your claim, there are steps you can take to support his or her efforts, and staying off social media is one of them. Deactivating your accounts will add another hurdle to prevent the opposing party from digging up posts to challenge your claim.
If deactivating your various profiles is not an option, you can avoid jeopardizing your case by taking the following steps:
1. Implement Stricter Privacy Settings
Adjust each of your profiles so they have the strictest privacy settings enabled. This will make it a lot more difficult for the opposing party to monitor your online activity.
2. Consider Every Post Carefully
Since there’s no way to contain something once you publish it online, you should scrutinize every post carefully, even if your profiles are only visible to approved connections. Additionally, you should avoid posting anything at all about:
- The truck accident;
- Your injuries or the progress of your recovery;
- Your pending claim;
- Any social outings; or
- Any unnecessary expenditures.
3. Don’t “Check In”
As long as you’re “checking in” to public places, the opposing party can see what you’re up to over the course of your recovery. Since they might be able to use your activities to challenge your credibility, it’s best to lay low until your claim has been resolved.
4. Filter New Friends
If you’re in the habit of approving virtually every friend and follow request, it’s wise to stop doing so while your action is pending. Instead, you should accept requests from only those whom you recognize. Strangers who reach out may be working for the liable party, and they may be trying to gain access to your profiles.
5. Remove Any “Tags”
If the insurance adjuster cannot monitor you, he or she may take to monitoring your closest friends and loved ones. As such, you should remind them of your ongoing claim and ask that they avoid including you in anything they post.
Speak with a Lafayette Truck Accident Lawyer
At Ball Eggleston, we’re proud to go to bat for accident victims and their families. If you were struck by a reckless trucker, we’ll help you put together a strong claim so you can pursue the maximum compensation possible. Call (765) 742‑9046 or fill out the Contact Form on our website to schedule a free initial consultation with a truck accident attorney in Lafayette.
The content of this blog is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case, or circumstance. Each situation is different, and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.