What to Know About Posting on Social Media after an Accident

It is important to know that posting on social media after an accident can have a major negative impact on your personal injury case. Read on to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of social media use after an accident:

  •  Do: Set all of your social media accounts to private
    • It is important to know that when it comes to a personal injury case, the other party’s insurance party does not want to award you the compensation you deserve. They will work to prove that you are not as injured as you say you are, or in some cases, that you are not injured at all, but rather attempting to commit fraud. One way they do this is by examining your social media. As a result, it is important to set all of your accounts to private immediately after an accident occurs.
  • Don’t: Assume that a private account protects you completely
    • While setting your account to private can give you an extra layer of protection, it is not a foolproof plan. In some cases, insurance adjusters may try to follow you, so refrain from accepting any new followers. Additionally, the defense attorney may be able to access your social media anyway- this can include private and even deleted posts. As a result, it is best to stay off social media completely.
  • Do: Ask your friends and family to refrain from posting about you 
    • It is important to know that the social media accounts belonging to your friends and family may be looked at as well. For example, if your friend posts a picture of you two out for drinks together after the accident, or a post stating that you went for a walk together, this can be used to claim that you’re healthy enough to go out, exercise, socialize, etc. and therefore less eligible to recover compensation.
  • Don’t: Mention the accident on social media 
    • We share every aspect of our lives on social media. As a result, it can be tempting to share details of a serious accident online. Doing so can seriously harm your case. For example, a defense attorney may be able to twist your words to make it seem like the accident was your fault.

When it comes to a personal injury lawsuit, you will need a skilled and dedicated attorney on your side. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.