×

Do insurance companies check your social media account after you’ve been involved in an accident?

Do insurance companies check your social media account after you’ve been involved in an accident?

When you file a claim against an insurance company, you are stating that they should pay you compensation due to their client’s negligence. Therefore, in short, there is a very good chance insurance companies would monitor your social media activity after being in a car accident, as they want to make sure you are telling the truth in your claim.

Why might insurance companies take an interest in your social media posts?

While most people regularly post their day-to-day activities on social media, this is, in fact, one of the worst things you can do when trying to file a claim stating you were injured due to another party’s negligence. If the insurance company sees you doing anything that potentially contradicts the claim you filed, they may have legal grounds to prove your claim untrue. For example, if you were to file a claim saying you broke your arm in an accident, but the insurance company sees you posted a picture of you karate chopping a cinder block, it would completely disprove your claim.

How to receive compensation after an accident

In order to receive compensation after an accident, you must first prove the other party’s negligence. Some examples of negligence include, but are not limited to:

  • Reckless driving
  • Texting or using any electronic device without hands-free technology while driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Failing to stop or yield at traffic signs
  • Excessive speed
  • Drugged driving
  • Drowsy driving

If you post anything on social media that proves you are not suffering in the way you say you are, this may compromise your chances of receiving any compensation that could be used towards medical bills, economic damages, in-home care and more. You may also receive compensation for non-economic damages, such as pain, suffering and emotional damages. That being said, Maryland is one of the strictest states when it comes to satisfying the burden of proof. Maryland follows the principle of contributory negligence, which means that if you contribute towards the accident in any way, even if the other driver was also or more negligent, you will generally lose on your claim.

Contact a Maryland personal injury attorney

Decker, Tychostup & Friedman have been serving the Baltimore area for decades, and are well aware of the impact a serious injury due to another’s negligence may have. They have helped countless clients through a vast array of motor accidents, and are dedicated to achieving the best result possible for you.

 

Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Decker, Tychostup & Friedman, LLC to schedule a consultation.