Alaska’s Dram Shop Liability Laws

Alaska’s Dram Shop Liability Laws2018-11-09T16:11:53+00:00
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Did you or a loved one suffer injuries in a drunk driving accident or bar fight in Alaska? Our experienced dram shop attorneys may be able to help.

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Alaska's dram shop laws allow some injury victims to sue bars and restaurants for illegal alcohol service. If you were hurt, contact our dedicated legal team today for a free consultation.

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When someone gets hurt in a drunk driving accident or bar fight, it's reasonable to begin considering filing a lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident. But who is truly accountable for your injuries?

In Alaska, two different parties can be held liable for causing a car wreck, because alcohol-related accidents usually involve two unwise decisions: someone decided to drive drunk and someone else decided to serve them alcohol.

Holding Businesses Accountable For Negligent Alcohol Service

Alaska's dram shop law accounts for this truth by allowing injury victims and their loved ones to file suit against bars, restaurants and liquor stores that violate the State's liquor laws. In Alaska, it's illegal to serve people who are underage. It's also illegal to continue to serve alcohol to someone who is already visibly intoxicated.

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These two laws probably seem simple to follow, but licensed establishments violate them all the time. When they do, other people can be seriously injured. But Alaska allows injury victims to fight back by filing a dram shop lawsuit.

If you or a loved one were injured in a drunk driving accident or bar fight, you may be eligible to file a civil lawsuit for financial damages against the licensed establishment or social host who served the responsible party alcohol.

Alaska's Statute Of Limitations

As with every other form of civil lawsuit, Alaska law requires dram shop claims to be filed within the State's statute of limitations, a law that restricts the amount of time injury victims have to pursue justice. Alaska's statute of limitations for dram shop lawsuits is currently set at 2 years. It begins running on the date of injury.

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