The Ticktin Minute October 17, 2016 – The Impact of Technology on Personal Injury Cases

The advancement of technology has had a major impact on how personal injury cases are negotiated and/or litigated by insurance companies and attorneys. Specifically, did you know that your text messaging records may be discovered in a personal injury lawsuit if you were texting and driving prior to an accident. Such texting and driving could be argued to prove some degree of fault on your part or comparative fault for the accident. Further, if you “tweet” or “facebook post” about an accident after it occurs, those records could be discovered as well. Discoverable social media also includes: linkedin, snapchat, meetup, twitter, instagram as well as any other online accounts you may have.

Insurance companies routinely attempt to deny claims for any reason, or no reason at all.  Texting and driving or posting on social media after an accident indicating fault gives them a valid reason, which your attorney will have to refute. The insurance companies must only file a simple motion to compel social media data and most often, the courts grant such motions. It is well known that not only are we extremely startled after an accident, but most people are also unnecessarily open and carefree with items they post online. Accordingly, it is crucial to off of all social media and call an attorney immediately after an accident has occurred to obtain further advice on what to do next. The only individuals you should be talking about the accident to is the police, your doctor(s) and your personal injury attorney.

Allow the personal injury attorneys of the Ticktin Law Group to assist you after an accident. Our attorneys will fight the insurance companies and the person or persons who caused your injuries to obtain the compensation you deserve! We offer complimentary consultations as well as free car insurance policy reviews.