Nobody sets out on the open road with the goal of being hurt. Unfortunately, car and truck accidents are common. When a semi-truck is involved, the accident can be serious or even deadly. After all, the weight of the truck, the difficulty the driver can have in slowing down, the pressure on semi-truck drivers to keep traveling at a certain pace and a variety of other factors can lead to danger.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 400,000 crashes involving large trucks were reported to the police in 2015 alone, and 20 percent of those crashes resulted in injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident with a big corporation's semi-truck, follow these dos and don'ts when posting on social media to avoid sabotaging your case.
Don't Reveal Details About the Accident on Social Media
It may seem like a given that social media should be a place where you can express yourself any way you choose. A lot of people live that way, but most of them eventually come to regret posting too openly about their lives. Don't make that mistake after an accident. Keep the personal details you share to a minimum and never reveal any details about the accident on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media website.
When you post something about the accident involving a semi-truck on social media, the post may live on in screenshots, shares and other imagery long after you delete it. Don't post anything you may want to later erase. The fewer things posted about the accident, the better off you are. You may simply choose to tell people about it in person or not at all.
Do Keep a Low Profile on Social Media in the Aftermath of an Accident
If the semi-truck belongs to a big company, the business owner may hire a defense lawyer that investigates those who were hurt in the accident. If you have posted a lot of information, the other party's lawyer may try to use it against you. At best, the other party can easily gather information from social media accounts that have plenty of information.
You may choose to go back through your old posts that reveal too much detail. You can then "hide" them, make them private or simply delete them altogether. That way, the other party has less access to information about you.
It's also important to keep posts minimal after the accident. You may feel like bike riding through the pain one day, but that doesn't mean you are able to do it the next. Healing from an injury can be complicated. It's better to avoid posting about the activities you engage in because those posts can be misinterpreted, and the other party may try to say that your ability to do certain things means that you aren't badly injured.
Do Not Tag or Troll the Company Online
If you look up the company who owns the truck that was involved in your accident, you may be shocked at its social media page. Most companies take their corporate image very seriously, and it may be full of posts that were carefully selected to make the business look like a hero for the community.
That may cause you to feel anger against the company, especially if you already feel upset at the company for employing the driver who caused your accident. You may want to post a snarky comment on an Instagram photo or angrily share a rant in a comment on Facebook.
No matter the situation, resist the urge to lash out in anger at the company online. Sure, if you have been hit by a semi-truck belonging to a big company, it can be tempting to rant online, but that can only hurt your case. Let the situation play out in court instead. Winning in court will be far more satisfying than potentially sabotaging your situation by lashing out online.
Do Inform Friends About Your Posting Wishes
If you don't want to post about the accident at all online, be sure to let friends know that you don't want it mentioned on social media. Otherwise, well-meaning friends may post their outrage about the accident and may even try to get the company's attention. That can backfire on you. To best protect yourself, request that your friends never mention it on social media websites and apps.
Finally, keep in mind that it's important to seek legal help as soon as possible if you've been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck. After you seek medical attention, contact a personal injury attorney for advice and help with your specific case.
The law office of D. Chadwick Calvert, LLC has helped thousands of clients with cases involving accidents in Colorado. The caring legal team is passionate about protecting clients and helping them attain the compensation they deserve.