Injured in an Oregon DUI accident? You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the licensed establishment who provided the alcohol to the drunk driver. Oregon's dram shop law makes it possible.
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Were you or a loved one injured in a DUI accident in Oregon? The dram shop law may be able to help. Oregon's dram shop act empowers injury victims and their loved ones to pursue compensation in the wake of alcohol-related accidents, along with bar fights.
Filing A Lawsuit For Negligent Alcohol Service
You may be eligible to pursue financial compensation from the bar, restaurant or nightclub that served the alcohol that contributed to the car crash. Licensed establishments that violate the law, serving alcohol in a negligent manner, can be held accountable for their carelessness.
Violations Of Oregon's Dram Shop Law
Dram shop lawsuits must be based on a violation of Oregon's liquor code. In this context, the State's dram shop act only mentions one potential violation - serving someone who is already "visibly intoxicated." Licensed establishments are prohibited from over-serving their patrons. Continuing to serve an intoxicated patron is against the law.
Bars, restaurants, nightclubs and liquor stores who provide alcohol in violation of the law can be held liable, in the even that the drunken patron goes on to cause an accident related to their intoxication.
Broad Social Host Liability
Oregon's dram shop liability is applied broadly to businesses and establishments that furnish alcohol, either selling, server or providing it in any manner. It also extends to cover social hosts, people who hold private parties and serve or allow access to alcohol.
Social hosts can be held accountable for continuing to serve a person who is already visibly intoxicated or for allowing a minor to drink without checking the guest for ID. Like licensed establishments, social hosts can be made to pay hundreds of thousands in compensation.
Oregon's Statute Of Limitations
Like every other type of legal action, dram shop claims in Oregon are restricted by a rigorous statute of limitations. This law acts like a legal time limit; if you try to file your lawsuit after the statute has run out, your case will be dismissed. The statute of limitations for dram shop lawsuits in Oregon is currently set at 2 years, beginning on the date of injury.