A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of ₹15.13 lakh to the wife of a 22-year-old man who lost his life in a road accident in 2017.
The victim was standing on the footpath when an SUV hit him from behind. The car owner was driving it. In his defence, the vehicle owner said that no accident had taken place with his SUV. However, he did not examine any defence witness in his support.
The insurer of the offending vehicle did not press any defence.
The petitioners had demanded ₹35 lakh compensation but the tribunal brought down it to ₹15.13 lakh by fixing deceased’s earning at ₹6,162 per month of an unskilled worker at the rate of ₹237 per day in Bihar at the time of the accident.
As the petitioners could not produce any documents in support their being residents of Delhi, the tribunal declared them residents of Bihar on the basis of the address proofs.
The tribunal held the the vehicle’s driver responsible for the accident, among other things, on the basis of an eyewitness account of the mishap.
“The testimony of the victim’s wife practically remained unrebutted. Besides the same has been duly supported by the material on record, mainly the FIR based on the complainant statement of the eyewitness,” Presiding Officer Sujata Kohli said.
“The circumstances in which the accident occur, i.e. the deceased was hit from behind, is more than sufficient to establish the rash and negligent driving on the part of the driver,” Ms. Kohli further said.
Accordingly, I hereby pass an award in the sum of ₹15,13,000 in favour of the petitioners. The insurer is directed to deposit a sum of ₹15,13,000 which shall also bear interest thereon at the rate of 9% per annum from the date of filing of petition,” the Presiding Officer said.