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If you are involved in a car accident, you may wish to take legal action. In this case, it is important that you do not post on social media. As soon as you file a claim, your social media will be monitored by insurance companies and defense attorneys. As a result, it is important to be careful about what you say online. Read this blog to find out more about posting on social media after you are involved in a car accident.

Why Does it Matter What I Post?

As previously stated, your social media will likely be monitored by the defense. This means that by posting about your injury, you may be exposing confidential information about your case. Additionally, your social media can be used against you. For example, if you claim to be experiencing whiplash as a result of your car accident and then you post about driving to the movies with friends, a defense attorney could argue that you are not as injured as you say, if at all. In a personal injury case, the emotional toll you face is a large aspect. If you post often online reassuring your friends and family that you are doing well, you will also be letting the defense know that you are not suffering emotionally. Another reason to avoid discussing your injury is that you have to be careful of how you describe the events of the accident. Even the shortest and most innocent statement can hurt your case. Lastly, it is important that you do not exaggerate the extent of your injuries, physically or emotionally. This can damage your credibility.

What Should I Do?

The best thing to do is set your account to private and avoid posting on social media completely until your case is resolved. If you do continue to post, make sure that you do not mention anything regarding the accident or your injury. Additionally, avoid posting any photos of yourself or the activities in which you partake. You should also warn your friends and family to refrain from posting any photos of you or statements about you.

If you have any questions about what you should or should not post on social media following a car accident in Pennsylvania, contact us today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.