If my brother got into a car accident 5 months ago but neither he nor he the other driver had insurance, what to do?

My brother got into a car accident 5 months ago, and both he and the other driver have no insurance. It has been 5 months, and the other driver has failed to get my brother an estimate on the damages to her vehicle. Is he still liable for the damages?

Asked on September 7, 2012 under Accident Law, Iowa


Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Likely yes, your brother is still liable for the damage to the other driver's vehicle.  Depending upon which state this accident happened in, individuals have a statute of limitation, or a time limit in which they can bring a property damage claim or hold someone liable for damage to their property.  In many states it is 2 years.  Until the statute of limitations in the state where the accident happened runs, your brother can be held liable for the damage to the other driver's vehicle.  

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