Tribunal provides Rs 26L compensation to accident victim's kin

Tribunal provides Rs 26L compensation to accident victim's kin

The family of a man, who died in a road accident involving a rashly driven car last year, has been awarded a compensation of over Rs 26 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).

The tribunal directed National Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending car was insured, to pay Rs 26,62,429 to the family members including wife and four children of victim Gauri Shanker Singh, 45.

Deciding the case in favour of the victim’s family, MACT residing officer Arun Bhardwaj noted that there was nothing on record to show that they had any enmity with the driver of the offending car, so as to falsely implicate him in the case.

The tribunal also said that after the accident, police had registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the car driver and the chargesheet is also “prima facie suggestive of negligence of the car driver in driving the offending vehicle in a rash and negligent manner”.

According to Singh’s family members, the accident took place on the morning of August 25, last year when the victim was going to his office in Gurgaon from Najafgarh on his motorcycle.

When he reached near a Metro station in Dwarka, suddenly a speeding WagonR car, being driven in a rash manner, hit him from behind.

The driver was caught by a motorist on the spot and he along with the car owner took injured Singh to a hospital where he died during treatment.

Singh’s family said he was working in a private firm and was earning nearly Rs 20,000 per month.

The owner of the offending vehicle, Sheena Singhal, who was also sitting in the car at the time of the accident, said it did not take place because of her driver and Singh had jumped the signal when he came in front of her car and was hit.

She said that she had taken the victim to the hospital and had also paid Rs 20,000 for his treatment.