Matthew Sharp Interviewed on KOLO 8 About New Legislative Bill in Nevada

Reno trial Lawyer Matthew L. Sharp was recently interviewed about a new law that went into effect on July 1, 2023. Mr. Sharp spoke with KOLO 8 News about §42.010 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, and the impact it will have on compensation for victims of drunk driving accidents.

In the past, punitive damages for drunk driving could only be awarded in personal injury claims where it was apparent that the at-fault party knew that they would be driving. Under the changes made by the new law, there is no need to prove that the defendant had any idea or knowledge that they would be getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

As Matthew Sharp said in the interview, “So it’s clear that if you get drunk and you drive, you are subject to punitive damages.”

In Nevada, punitive damages (also called exemplary damages) can be awarded in conjunction with economic and noneconomic damages, which compensate victims for their financial and non-monetary losses. Punitive damages do not compensate victims for any particular loss, though. Instead, they are used as a way to punish or make an example of the at-fault party. In this way, both the at-fault party and other Nevada residents will be discouraged from engaging in the same or similar behavior in the future.

At the Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp, we are proud to provide constant, consistent, and unparalleled legal representation to our community. Based in Reno, we serve areas across Nevada. If you or a loved one were injured in a drunk driving collision, we encourage you to contact us by phone or online to schedule a free informational meeting.