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Is there a statute of limitations on property damage?

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Is there a statute of limitations on property damage?

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Massachusetts

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

The damage happened approximately 10 years ago and it involved drunk driving, stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident. No personal injury, but the insurance company is talking law suit. The person who caused the damage is serving a sentence.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I am talking about my son and he has asked that I find out the information.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Is there a statute of limitations on property damage? It involved drunk driving, stolen vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident. No personal injury, but the insurance company is talking suing for the person's vehicle. The incident happened approximately 10 years ago and the person who caused it is serving time for the crimes.

Thanks for your patience. The answer to your question is yes. In MA, the statute of limitations on property damage is three years. (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 260, §§ 2A, 4; Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 106, § 2-318.) This means that if they di bring a lawsuit, you could request a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the time has significantly passed and it is highly probable that a judge would agree with you.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
The incident happened in Massachusetts.
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