Quick google search returns 2 years for personal injury 6 years for injury to personal property. So it looks like your still on the hook for another 3 years.
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Do they still have the car? If not them it will be hard for them to file a claim. Also, if they do still have the car then take pictures of it right away. It is my understanding that property damage like this in New Jersey has a 6 year statute of limitations. You shoudl verify this with an attorney licensed in New Jersey.
If you had insurance at the time then turn it over to them to handle.
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Yes, they can still sue you and the owner of the vehicle you were driving. However, they may encounter some evidentiary issues with respect to the exact extent of the damage, especially if no police report was filed and no photographs were taken at the time of the collision. Your insurance company likely has a duty to defend you once you file a claim.
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6 year statute of limitations for property damage.
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There is a 6-year statute of limitations on property damage claims, so it seems you may be subject to the damages claim. Be sure to assess whether the damage that is claimed was actually caused by your incident three years ago, or whether there is new/greater damage that your 'ex-friend' is not trying to make you pay. Ask for photographs of the damage with dates. Good luck on this.
The short answer here is: it's very unlikely. While there is a 6-year statute of limitations for damage to personal property, the SoL for auto accidents is 2 years. Regardless, and has been otherwise pointed out, your former friend will likely have an incredibly difficult time proving that his damages are caused by you, and only you, with 3 years' time in between.
If your friend came to me with nothing but the facts you present, I would not take that case. Perhaps another lawyer would.
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