Close up hand holding smartphone and take photo at The scene of a car crash and accident

Today’s world has seen a dramatic rise in the use of social media. Nearly everyone has at least one profile on numerous social media platforms. Some of the most common social media platforms out there include Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. In general, these platforms are used to help people stay in touch with each other. They have grown to include professional services, such as LinkedIn, and companies using these platforms as marketing tools. Now, a Dothan private investigator might even be able to use social media in an accident investigation.

First, people post everything on their social media platforms, even things that they shouldn’t. For example, it is not unusual for people to post evidence of illegal activities on their social media platforms. Obviously, this is incredibly stupid because these videos and pictures can be used to prove evidence of illegal activities in a court of law. This means that social media can be used to prove that an accident took place, which might help in either a criminal or a civil case through claims Steinberg Goodman & Kalish.

Say, for example, that someone used the social media app known as Periscope to live stream a drunk driving escapade through the local area. Then, on this adventure, this driver collided with someone who suffered serious injuries. Some of the injuries that someone might suffer in a serious accident include traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. When this happens, someone might land in the hospital and end up with complications for the rest of his or her life.

If a personal injury claim follows this accident, then this footage can be used to prove that the drunk driver was responsible for the accident. Therefore, social media can play a crucial role in the investigation of any accident. Any legal professional should be expected to use every tool available to him or her. This includes social media. In order to provide the best defense possible, they need know the ins and outs of social media along with the numerous layers of complexity that it may provide. When social media is used, the legal professional will need to be able to prove that the material is relevant to the case and that the person in question is the owner of that profile and was using it at the time the material was produced.

This can be a significant challenge which is why anyone who has been involved in an accident should rely on the assistance of trained professionals. This can make a significant difference in the outcome of a case. The world of social media has evolved rapidly. It is important for everyone to remember that anything they put on the internet is going to be there forever. It might even play a role in the investigation of a serious accident that has led to substantial injuries.