For mowing down a six-year-old boy under the wheels of a mini-trick in April, the motor accidents claims tribunal (MACT) held the mini-truck driver guilty of rash and negligent driving and directed him and the vehicle’s insurer to pay Rs 5.25 lakh to the child’s parents.
Testimony of the mother, who stood witness to the accident when her child who was walking on the side of the road was killed by the speeding Bolero Maxi truck, helped prove the rash and negligent driving of Supinder Singh, a resident of Palsora, Chandigarh.
The claim was disposed of in six months in one of the fastest trials in the MACT.
The tribunal, which was presided over by additional district and sessions judge KK Kareer, on November 11, directed the driver and the insurer of the vehicle -Tata AIG insurance company limited - to pay 7.5% interest on the compensation amount to parents - Basant Lal and Laxmi, residents of Sector 49, Chandigarh, who had filed claim through their counsels Thakur Kartar Singh and Vishal Thakur in May 2014.
“Laxmi deposed that her son Akash died after being hit by a truck, causing multiple injuries that ultimately proved fatal for him. The accident took place due to the rash and negligent driving of Supinder resulting in the death of Akash,” ruled the MACT.
Denying the allegations of driving in rash and negligent manner, Supinder alleged that Akash was crossing the road negligently and he was driving at slow speed.
Tata AIG insurance company limited pleaded that the claim was not maintainable as the driver was not holding a valid driving licence. They even said the driver was also not holding proper registration certificate, permit, fitness certificate of the vehicle which was in contravention of the terms and conditions of the insurance policy.