You have just been involved in a road traffic accident. Regardless of the injuries, you’re quite shaken up. Your first instinct is probably to post about it on your social media accounts, hoping your friends will provide you with some much-needed emotional support.

The problem with social media is that it is available to everyone, including the third party insurer. By posting the details of your accident online, you may inadvertently give the opposing side a wealth of information which they can use against your claim, even if your post seemed innocent. It is their job to use all of the available information, often including social media posts, to construct a story which supports their side of the argument. Photos can be misinterpreted and words can have multiple meanings.

This goes even further than the accident itself. After two miserable and painful weeks following your accident, you decide to venture out of your bed and go grab a drink with friends for half an hour. Your mate snaps a photo and tags you on social media. You come home and realise that, although your pain is now a bit worse, it was worth it because you feel better mentally. The third party insurer, on the other hand, sees the same photo and has a very different thought process. They see someone who has clearly overinflated their claim, as they are out partying during the time they claimed they were in severe pain.

The safest thing to do is to altogether avoid posting about your accident on social media accounts and amend your privacy settings. Setting your profile on private, however, will only slow down their investigation, as they often find a way around privacy settings.

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