A Nova Scotia woman is suing a dump truck driver who hit her and caused a car accident. The reason for the lawsuit? She claims the accident left her unable to use her favorite social networking site, Facebook.
The accident occurred when the dump truck driver moved into her lane on the highway, hitting her car. Joanne Marlene Conrod claims the accident left her unable to work or use Facebook.
The defense requested records of all the plaintiff’s Facebook activity, even private activity, to verify that her online presence has suffered. However, the Judge ruled that they only needed login and logout information. He also said that the rise in the popularity of social media has brought more and more social media-related evidence in the courtroom, including in personal injury cases.
Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook can often provide valuable additional information in personal injury cases, such as if texting, Facebooking or tweeting contributed to a crash. It can also give judges a more accurate picture of a defendant, such as if behaviors like drinking and driving or speeding are isolated or common.
The suit is currently awaiting trial.
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