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Can I be sued for backing into someone’s car?

Asked by user in Connecticut.

It's been 11 months since I backed into someone's car and they are just now giving me an estimate. It's absolutely outrageous for the little amount of damage I did to the car. Can they still try to take me to court even though it's been so long?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

Every state has a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations dictates how long a person has to file a lawsuit. In Connecticut, the statute of limitations for most cases based on negligence is 2 years. This means the person has 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit.

So to answer your question: Yes, the other driver can still take you to court even though it has been 11 months since the accident.

If the other driver ultimately files a lawsuit (or an insurance claim), you can fight the reasonableness of the damages claimed. To do so, you may want to consider reaching out to an attorney.

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