A United Kingdom resident posted a thread at the Google Maps Help forum asking if it is possible to get the date of a Google Street View image. The reason he asked is because he want's to sue his local town for not properly taking care of the roads, which ultimately lead to damage on his car.
I'm pursuing a local council over damaged caused to my car over a neglected area of road.
The only issue is the local council there has rejected his claim. He said he could fight it if he had a good picture from before the road was fixed. Currently, Google Maps has one on their Street Views but he needs the date of the image so he can prove it was before his claim.
There is one way to possibly get the approximate date of a street view. I wrote about that in my how to named Google Shows Dates Of Map Imagery In Google Earth.
In New York, I don't think you can sue the town if you get a flat tire for hitting a pot hole. Can you elsewhere? Not that this guy had a flat tire, but you know.
Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.