Many times auto accidents involve injuries that effect you and your family physically, emotionally and financially. We have handled numerous auto accidents and enjoy helping each of our clients to get their life back on track. We provide free consultation to see if we can help you. We take pride in that we do not take every case. If we feel that you do not need an attorney, we will tell you so. However, if you do need an attorney, we are ready to fight for you at no cost to you unless you recover.
Even a little fender-bender can cause big trouble. Here are some of the common effects of car accidents:
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Stay off Social Media after a Car Accident The internet is intertwined in most people’s everyday lives. When something major happens to us, such as a car wreck, it is a natural inclination to want to tell people about it. People take to Facebook, Twitter and other social media to post pictures or vent about the wreck. Don’t! It’s not just your friends and family that are interested in your post and tweets. Insurance adjusters and their lawyers are looking at your social media accounts to use the information there against you. Its not just pictures of the accident or post about your injuries that they are interested in, they are looking for anything to use against you and your case. People tell me not to worry, that their account is “private.” All social media is public. Let me repeat- ALL SOCIAL MEDIA IS PUBLIC. Period. Even though your account is set to “private” the person who caused your accident can still subpoena everything in your account. All of your pictures, posts, check-in, tweets and shares. Even if you have deleted them. We once had a client who was injured at work. He already had a vacation planned to a beach nearby with his children. Rather than disappoint the children, the family still went on the vacation. He spent the entire vacation lying around and on pain medication. He could not lift anything over ten pounds, so his wife got to lug all the beach gear over the dunes. He could not go fishing with his kids or take them to putt-putt. He posted smiling pictures from the trip of him laying in a beach chair with his children playing nearby. Those pictures were used to say “hey, he doesn’t seem that hurt.” “I wish some one would pay me to take a vacation.” We have heard of the insurance company using post from Facebook which just mention family dinners and church gatherings to show that the injured person’s life had not been affected by the accident. Insurance companies are looking for post that say “hey, I just left the doctor and I feel great.” “Today is a great day. The sun is shining and I am so blessed.” “Girls night!” How to Deactivate your Facebook account How to Deactivate Your Twitter Account The best thing you can do is to delete your account on social media. The best thing you can do after an injury is to delete your accounts on social media. If you are unwilling to delete your accounts or go inactive on social media, at least: Don’t accept friend requests from people who you don’t know personally. Don’t write anything about the accident. Anything-that includes: what happened, the people involved, photos or how you are both physically and mentally. Don’t post vacation pictures, workout pictures or photos of you doing anything that casts doubt on you being injured. Don’t answer questions that people ask about what happened, or how you are now. Don’t write statuses about ‘how you are feeling’ – even by talking about how you are happy today. Don’t tag into places. “John Doe was at the gym.” “John Doe was at a nice restaurant.” If you have to upload photos, think about whether it will harm or help your case. You can’t go claiming a back injury when you are posting pictures of you having spent the day water skiing or kayaking If people have tagged you in photos on Facebook, select ‘only me’ in the options of who can see your tagged photos Don’t join any discussions or groups with people that you don’t know, or about subjects which could affect your claim You can remove yourself from search results on Facebook by selecting ‘only friends’ under ‘search visibility.’ Remove your Facebook page from Google searches by going to ‘Privacy Settings’ on your Facebook page and un-checking the ‘Public Search Listing’ box. Don’t assume that Instagram, Snapchat or other apps are safe. Insurance companies can even see if you are giving businesses reviews on Yelp. None of these steps will keep you safe if the insurance company decides to subpoena this information, but at least they won’t be able to see anything until they issue the subpoena. Insurance companies send their adjuster, claims representatives and attorneys to classes and seminars on how to use social media against you. Don’t give them anything to work with. If you would like to speak with a lawyer regarding your car accident case, please call Venus Poe at 864-963-0310. The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should not read this article to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you may have a case.
Distracted Driving blog Texting and Driving kills. Here are some apps that can help parents make sure their kids (and themselves) are driving safe: Canary is a free app that puts all the information in the hands of the parent. It offers text notification any time a child texts, tweets, or answers a call while driving. Canary will also provide notifications when the teenage driver exceeds a certain speed or goes outside a set perimeter on the map, so you’ll always know that your child is where they are supposed to be. CellControl is designed to disable only the driver’s phone, leaving other passengers free to use their phones normally. CellControl prevents behaviors that have been defined ahead of time: texting, taking selfies, using social media accounts, and playing games, among others. It can also be set to simply monitor usage to determine whether or not a teenage driver is using their phone responsibly. Drive First is an app from Sprint. Your phone automatically locks when you start driving, so no need to start or stop the app, and it automatically replies to texts. Drive First does allow you to set 3 driving apps, such as maps or music, so you can get what you need without being tempted to text. You can also set some contacts to bypass the block so important people (like your babysitter or boss) aren’t blocked every time you get into the car. Live2Txt is an app that turns off texts and incoming calls on command. Live2Txt also sends a message to anyone sending a text or a call so that they know you are driving and won’t continue trying to contact you. TextArrest allows parents to control the ways in which a phone can be used while in a moving vehicle. It can also be set up to notify parents when the teenage driver overrides the Text Arrest function, travels outside a certain geographic area, or exceeds the speed limit. The app will also allow the phone to be used in the event of an emergency with parent notification. TextLimit prevents predefined features on a phone from functioning when the phone is moving above a certain speed. Once the phone goes back under the predetermined speed, the Text Limit restores all features and they are fully functional once more. tXt Blocker It shuts down the phone completely when your teen is driving (and lets you set up “No-Cell Zones” to prevent texting from work or school) that teens can’t hack around. You can also track and find your teen through the tXtBlocker website and see reports on how safely they’re driving. DriveScribe blocks incoming calls and texts when the car is moving above a certain speed. In addition, the DriveScribe app notifies drivers who are traveling too fast. Safe Driver. This app monitors location and driving practices. The app can even send an alert to parents of infractions and where they occurred. Zoom Safer. This is another app that limits access to texting, calling and browsing while driving. If you need help with a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please call Venus Poe, PA at 864-963-0310 or click here to fill out an online case evaluation form. We handle case across South Carolina and have offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Fountain Inn, South Carolina to better serve you. There is no obligation or charge for our initial consultation to see if we can help you with your case.
The Importance of taking pictures after a car accident When you are in a car accident, the steps needed to document the accident are probably the last thing on your mind. Your first thoughts are probably getting treatment for your injuries and how you are going to go back to work and get your vehicle fixed. While it may not be your first thought, taking pictures after the accident can help get you full value for your injuries and property damage. The popularity of cellphones with builtin cameras make taking pictures after the accident easier than ever. Why are pictures important Everyone will have their own version of events after an accident. Pictures help those who weren’t there, including insurance adjusters and juries determine the truth. Pictures can show who was at fault in the accident Pictures can show details of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles. Pictures immediately after can show where debris on the road landed which might later be helpful in determining impact and fault for the accident. Pictures can show your injuries It is one thing to tell an adjuster or jury that you had bruising from the accident, it is another to have pictures of the bruising. Pictures are more effective than mere words in showing pain and suffering. Photos of broken bones, slings, wheelchairs, crutches, and braces help others understand what the injury has done to your life. Pictures show damage to your property Pictures are one of the best ways to show damage to your property. Take pictures of your vehicle including damage to the inside. Pictures can show airbag deployment, incursion into the passenger compartment and glass breakage. Take pictures of any other property that was damaged in the accident, such as cellphones, children’s car seats, computers, etc. When is the best time to take Pictures The best time to take pictures is immediately after the accident. If pictures are taken immediately after the accident, more can be captured such as debris on the road, traffic signals and weather conditions. If you did not take pictures at the scene, you can still take pictures of your injuries, the progress of your healing, any property damage that has not been fixed and later pictures of the accident scene. Tips for taking pictures for your car accident 1. Take photos as soon as possible. Your first priority should be to make sure everyone is ok and that emergency services are on their. If possible, take photographs at the scene. As we stated, pictures taken immediately after the accident can show many things that will not be able to be captured at a later date such as debris on the road and weather conditions. 2. Take as many pictures as possible and from different angles. You can not take too many photos. You never know what the pictures may later reveal. Take pictures of everything. This includes not only the cars, but also people at the scene, weather conditions, damaged objects, skid marks, the inside of your vehicle, police officers, the roadway where the accident occurred, debris on the road from the accident, stop lights, traffic signs, your injuries, and surrounding businesses. 3. Take pictures at different times of your injuries. Take pictures of your injuries throughout the healing process. A time line of your recovery if very useful in getting full recovery for your pain and suffering. These pictures can show how long it took you to recover and the pain that was involved in that recovery. If you would like to speak with a lawyer regarding your car accident case, please call Venus Poe at 864-963-0310. The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should not read this article to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you may have a case.