Answered on AVVO.com. Punitive Damages in Motor Vehicle Collision
Punitive damage for Auto accident in NC: What are the terms for an auto accident to be considered for punitive damages? If a driver cause an accident by running a red light and colliding with other vehicle, would this Gross Negligence be considered for punitive damages according to the NC statutes.
Bradley’s answer: Not under those facts. The only cases I’m aware of that have held punitive damages in a motor vehicle wreck involve either drunk driving or racing.
-Bradley A. Coxe is a practicing attorney in Wilmington, NC who practices in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Contract and Real Estate disputes, and all forms of Civil Litigation. Please contact him at (910) 772-1678.