Can I sue ex gf for damages she cause to my truck driving drunk

She got arrested for dui crashed
my truck causing,3000 in damages
she said over time she would payme
back same with her mom n they
didn’t and she broke up with me n
refuses to pay me anything there’s
news articles n text supporting
she would fix it

Asked on April 3, 2016 under Accident Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can sue her: a driver who is at fault in damaging a borrowed vehicle is responsible for the costs to repair that vehicle, and to drive drunk is essentially by definition to be driving negligently (carelessly) and be at fault, For this amount, you could sue her in small claims court, acting as your own attorney ("pro se") to save on legal costs, but note that you should subpoena the officer who cited her for DUI to appear & testify about her DUI (the court can provide instructions or forms for a subpoena) and also have the police report(s) with you, as well as print out of the texts (courts will not look at materials on phones; you need hardcopy).


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