A statute of limitations is the period of time set through law in which you are allowed to sue someone in court. Generally, in Massachusetts, personal injury claims such as auto accidents, slip and falls, and dog bites, have, respectively, a three-year statute of limitations.
But be very clear that not all accident/personal injury claims have a three-year statute of limitations. Some have shorter or longer periods depending on the facts and the applicable law. If you have been hurt in an accident, I suggest you call an attorney immediately in order to protect your legal rights.
Please contact me with any questions of comments you may have in connection with Massachusetts personal injury law.