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Injured In A Bradenton Car Accident? Avoid Posting About It On Social Media


Car accidents in Bradenton are a common cause of personal injuries. If you have recently been in a crash, you may be tempted to ‘rant’ or otherwise post on social media about what happened. Our Bradenton car accident lawyer explains how this should be avoided and how it can impact your rights to compensation.

Social Media One Of The First Places Insurers Look When Investigating Bradenton Car Accidents

When you are injured in a Bradenton car accident and the other driver is at fault, you have the right to hold them liable for your losses. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) advises that all drivers are required to carry a mandatory minimum amount of insurance coverage, which can help prevent paying property damages, medical bills, and other costs out of pocket. You may be entitled to compensation in an auto insurance claim. However, insurers try to find ways to either deny or downplay payouts.

Social media is one of the first places they often look. Many of us use sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok on a regular basis. Whether you enjoy sharing with family and friends or are trying to become an ‘influencer’ or promote a new business, the content you post could be used against you in a claim. Information that could impact your rights in terms of a Bradenton car accident settlement includes:

  • Your activities and data usage in the moments leading up to a crash;
  • Comments you post about your accident or how it happened;
  • Information you provide about your injuries and how they impact your life;
  • Any activities you engage in during your recovery.

To Protect Your Rights, Use Caution On Social Media

According to a recent Claims Journal report, scouring your social media posts to find ways to deny or dispute your claim has proven a winning strategy for insurers. By reading your public posts, ‘friending’ and following you or your friends and family members, and using fake accounts, they can gather significant amounts of information. This can end up being used against you in a claim.

To protect yourself and your rights, our Bradenton car accident lawyer recommends temporarily disabling all social media accounts for the time being. If this is not practical or possible, follow these tips:

  • Adjust your social media settings to private;
  • Revoke permissions for tagging in posts, pictures, or videos;
  • Beware of new friend requests and advise family members to do the same;
  • Avoid posting anything about travel, sports or recreational activities, or other activities until your claim is resolved.

Contact Our Bradenton Car Accident Lawyer

Insurers use social media to investigate claims. It is just one of the ways they look for information that can be used to deny or dispute your claim. To protect your rights, contact the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely. We provide the experienced legal representation you need to get the maximum compensation. Request a consultation with our Bradenton car accident lawyer today.