DUI Accident Lawyer in Nebraska
Nebraska Revised Statute § 60-6,196 is the state’s drunk driving law. Under this statute, a person commits the crime of driving under influence (DUI) of alcoholic liquor or drugs if he or she has a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher or is otherwise under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In addition to criminal liability, drunk drivers who cause automobile accidents can also be held liable in civil courts for damages resulting from the injuries victims sustained. A criminal DUI case is a separate matter from the civil action, and the two processes involve different rules.
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in a drunk driving crash anywhere in Nebraska, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. Need an Injury Lawyer Nebraska represents residents and visitors in Alliance, Omaha, Gretna, Lincoln, Holdrege, Bellevue, Wayne, Grand Island, Chadron, Kearney, Schuyler, Fremont, Plattsmouth, Hastings, Sidney, Norfolk, Crete, North Platte, Seward, Columbus, Ralston, Papillion, Nebraska City, La Vista, McCook, Scottsbluff, York, South Sioux City, Blair, Beatrice, Gering, Lexington, and many other surrounding areas.
Nebraska DUI Laws
While it is unlawful for any person to drive or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle when he or she is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or has a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher, commercial drivers can be arrested for DUI offenses in Oklahoma when they have BACs of 0.04—only half the legal limit for traditional drivers.
With minors (people under 21 years of age), the standard is even lower. A minor can be charged with a DUI offense if he or she has a BAC of 0.02.
Dram Shop Laws in Nebraska
Nebraska Revised Statute § 53-404 is the state’s “dram shop” law. The phrase dram shop is derived from 18th Century England when alcohol was sold in small units known as drams. While a server or establishment cannot be held liable for accidents caused by overserved patrons of legal age, one exception to the state law is when the person served is a minor.
Under this statute, any person who knowingly serves, sells, or otherwise furnishes an alcoholic beverage to an underage person can be held liable in a civil action for damages caused by that minor as a result of being served the alcoholic beverage. Bars and restaurants will adamantly oppose any claim that they knowingly served alcohol to minors, but Need an Injury Lawyer Nebraska can obtain the evidence necessary to prove this kind of dram shop claim.
Social Host Liability in Nebraska
The same statute commonly referred to the dram shop law also applies to social hosts, or the people who host private parties or other functions at which alcohol is served. Like traditional bars or restaurants, social hosts enjoy immunity from civil actions as they relate to the conduct of legal adults who were served alcohol, but social hosts can be liable for serving alcoholic beverages to minors.
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Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a drunk driving crash in Nebraska? Contact Need an Injury Lawyer Nebraska as soon as possible. We represent victims in communities throughout Lincoln County, Platte County, Madison County, Douglas County, Washington County, Lancaster County, Saunders County, Sarpy County, Dakota County, Hall County, Gage County, Buffalo County, Dawson County, Scotts Bluff County, Cass County, Dodge County, and Adams County.