There is no “hard-and-fast rule” as to what speed can trigger punitive damages.
If someone is driving 20 miles per hour or faster above the the speed limit, that’s usually grounds for seeking punitive damages.
The speed itself isn’t always the issue: the circumstances surrounding that speed must be considered.
A car doing 95 on the Interstate is very different from one doing 50 on a downtown street, but both are driving far too fast for the conditions around them.
At the Miller Law Group, our lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience in helping victims of accidents involving cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and heavy trucks and other commercial vehicles. Contact us today for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 919-348-4361. Not every case has grounds for punitive damages, and not every case needs a lawyer. But we know the ones that do, and we can help you decide how to pursue your claim. Put our experience to work for you.