Following a car accident, it is very important to be cautious of what you say because your words could come back to haunt you. This does not just mean what you say verbally, but also what you say via Tweets and other social media posts.
This is not just a hypothetical scenario. In fact, it is very real. Recently, a Georgia woman who was injured in a car accident had her award damages decreased significantly because of carefree Twitter messages about partying and traveling. The jury reduced her award from $237,000 to $142,000 because the woman’s Tweets about her “epic weekend in New Orleans” and a post that read “I’m starting to love my scar,” lead the jury to believe she was not really injured.
In an auto accident case, the plaintiff, or injured party, must prove that the defendant was at fault for the collision and that their injuries warrant damages. This means the victim must prove the extent of their injury in order to recover financial compensation. Most victims seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, future treatment and pain and suffering.
The plaintiff must present evidence that demonstrates the full scope of their injuries. However, the defense will try and prove that the plaintiff’s injuries are not actually as bad as they claim. Any statements made by the plaintiff can be used as evidence to reduce the amount of damages paid, which includes posts and pictures to Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.
Following a car accident, it is best to keep a low profile. A Pasco County Auto Accident Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you with pursuing a claim and make sure your social media presence does not limit your chances for recovery. For a free evaluation of your case, contact us today online or call 727-847-2299.