Can My Social Media Activity Affect My Train Accident Claim?

Train wrecks are incredibly uncommon, so even a minor accident will garner significant media attention. As such, if you were involved in a collision, it's likely that friends, family, or even reporters will be peppering you with questions about this traumatic event on social media. 

While it might be tempting to share all the details about this harrowing experience, discussing the wreck online is a serious error that may affect the outcome of your personal injury claim. After all, the railway company's insurer might already be keeping tabs on your online activity for any evidence that could be used to challenge your credibility. 

Ideally, you should deactivate your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media accounts for the duration of proceedings. However, if you are unable to take this step, we’ve compiled a list of tips that might help you keep your claim safe next time you go online: 

Update Your Privacy Settings 

By default, most social media websites will set your accounts to "public". In this configuration, your posts will be visible to anyone on the platform—even those who aren't approved friends or followers. 

Fortunately, changing these settings is a simple process, and will let you tweak exactly who can view your posts. However, opposing parties may still be able to see your feed via third-party connections, so you should still think carefully before hitting "post". Try to avoid any topics related to your pending claim, your injuries, the accident, your expenses, and social activities. 

Screen Connection Requests Carefully 

Once you've reinforced your privacy settings, you will have to approve or deny any connection requests manually. While you might be in the habit of connecting with as many people as you can, greenlighting an invite without first checking who is behind it could grant the insurer access to your posts. If you get a friend or follow request from someone you don't recognize, you should just ignore it until your case has been resolved. 

Remind Friends and Family of Your Pending Claim 

While you might be careful about what you’re posting, those closest to you may not be aware of the ways in which their social media activity could hurt your claim. For instance, if your connections are tagging you in pictures at social events in the wake of the wreck, these snapshots could be used as evidence to challenge your credibility. As such, you should warn them of your pending claim and ask them not to tag or mention you in their posts. 

Speak to a Train Accident Attorney in California Today 

If you were hurt in a railway wreck, turn to the legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys will be by your side to guide you through proceedings, advising you of common errors and how to avoid them. To request a free case review with a California train accident attorney, contact us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or by filling out our contact form HERE.