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How Social Media Can Affect a Motorcycle Accident Case

Motorcycle accidents are a serious concern and often require legal representation. There are many things people need to do after an accident, but posting all over social media isn't one of them. Sometimes individuals involved in an accident may make the mistake of posting too much and putting their case in jeopardy. Here's what you must know regarding the relationship between motorcycle accident cases and social media.

Photographic Proof

Motorcycle accidents are frightening and can happen in the blink of an eye. If a motorcycle accident has caught you by surprise, you may have taken photos to show the damage and the location of the accident. It's best if you can keep these photos to yourself and your legal team, rather than splashed all over social media. You'd rather be safe than sorry, and if someone discovers digital proof of what led to the accident or what happened afterward, it may affect your case. Remember that photographs can always be used in accident cases, and although you may think something is shared privately, you never know who else may be circulating that information. If it's hard for you to resist sharing your situation with family and friends, perhaps its best to suspend your social media accounts for the time being.

Revealing Details

Immediately following a motorcycle collision, you may be tempted to post on social media about the aftermath. This isn't a good idea; you may inadvertently reveal details about the case that could come back to haunt you, especially if you know you were distracted or in the wrong before the accident. Too many clients have had issues with their legal proceedings due to social media posts, and it's just not worth it. Try to keep those details to yourself as best you can. The less evidence there is for the other side, the stronger your case will be. Even posting a recovery update or telling friends that you're feeling good post-accident can threaten the legitimacy of your case in the legal world. Don't speak out about the accident or any related injuries if you can help it.

Social Media Access

As a motorcycle driver, you also need to be aware of the fact that defense lawyers and insurance companies can request access to your social media accounts. They can check locations, public posts, messages, photos, and videos. Even if you don't think this favors the other party, you never know how their legal team may try to spin it. The less information that's floating around out there, the better. Plus, don't forget that distracted driving is a major issue in today's society, and the courts don't take it lightly. If you posted on social media or sent a message or email just before the accident, the defense lawyers may uncover this information and argue that you're at fault for the collision. Minimizing the chances for that to happen can give you better results in legal matters.

If you've been in a motorcycle accident, don't post on social media. First, contact George Stein Steelhorse Law to discuss motorcycle accident law and the best way to pursue your case.

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