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Social Media Sites Used as Evidence in Auto Accident Claims

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Additionally, it is estimated that 18 percent of auto accidents that year involved distracted drivers.


Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Recent reports indicate that over 40 percent of all Internet users visit social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at least once a month. Cell phone apps for the sites are among the most popular available on the App Store.


Attorneys and insurance companies are increasingly referring to information posted on the sites following auto accidents. This information, even if it is not shared publicly, can be used as evidence at trial to refute injury claims or to determine if a driver was texting or posting on the sites while driving. Accident victims are strongly discouraged from posting or commenting about anything accident-related.


Recent cases have included the following social media connections:


·         A driver's cell phone records proved that she was texting within one minute of an accident.

·         An insurance company located a video posted by an accident victim of her dancing on a cruise after she claimed her back injury prevented her from working.

·         An attorney introduced as evidence the frequency that an accident victim posted on Facebook to refute his claim of traumatic brain injury (TBI).


If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia