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Were you or a loved one injured in a Nevada DUI accident? Our experienced car accident attorneys can help. After a serious car accident, it's only natural to begin thinking about filing a lawsuit for financial compensation. After all, you were hit by a drunk driver, someone who made a terrible and negligent decision and caused severe injuries.
Filing A Dram Shop Lawsuit In Nevada
But most of us believe that we can only file suit against the direct responsible party, the drunk driver. In actuality, Nevada's dram shop act may provide you with another option. In the wake of an alcohol-related accident, Nevada's dram shop law allows some injury victims to pursue compensation from the licensed establishment that served the alcohol.
Limited Dram Shop Liability
Dram shop claims must be based in a violation of the dram shop act. Nevada's dram shop liability is narrow. Unlike most states, it doesn't apply to bars, restaurants and nightclubs that serve alcohol to people who are already visibly intoxicated.
Instead, Nevada only confers liability on establishments that serve alcohol to minors, people who are under the age of 21. In short, licensed establishments cannot be held liable for the actions of drunken adults, no matter how much the adult is allowed to drink.
But if an intoxicated minor goes on to cause severe injuries, the establishment can be held accountable for contributing to the minor's intoxication.
Social Hosts & Liquor Liability
In Nevada, this form of dram shop liability can even extend to cover social hosts, people who provide alcohol at private parties. Social hosts who allow minors to drink can be held liable in court for doing so, in the event that the minor goes on to cause a DUI accident or start a bar fight.
2-Year Statute Of Limitations
Like every other form of civil lawsuit, dram shop lawsuits are controlled by a rigorous statute of limitations. This law serves as a legal time limit; if you file your case after the statute has run out, your lawsuit will almost certainly be dismissed. The statute of limitations in Nevada for dram shop lawsuits is 2 years, beginning on the date of the injury.