Coming to the aid of four-member family of an electrician that lost source of income after his death in a road accident, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) directed the owner of the speeding truck that mowed him down to pay Rs 4.05 lakh as compensation.
The tribunal presided over by additional district and sessions judge Paramjeet Singh, around two years after the accident, directed Sangrur-based Kamlesh Bhatia, the truck owner and truck insurer ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company limited to pay 7.5 % interest on the compensation amount.
The compensation amount is to be shared by widow and three minor children of accident victim Randhir Singh, 35, a resident of Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, who was mowed down by the speeding truck in August 2012.
The tribunal, based on the statement of eyewitness Raj, a resident of Vikas Nagar and postmortem report, held the truck driver as "rash and negligent in driving and solely responsible for death of Randhir".
On August 14, 2012, at about 11.15 pm, complainant Raj was going from SAS Nagar to his house in Vikas Nagar, driving his Tata-407. When he reached near the tube-well turn in Dariya village ahead of the railway crossing, he observed a truck trailer, which was loaded with steel, was going ahead of him and Randhir was going on foot on the left side of the road towards the railway crossing.
Raj said the truck driver was driving rashly and negligently and turned at once and Randhir came under the rear tyres of the truck. As Raj tried to stop the truck, the truck driver tried to hit his vehicle, but the complainant with the help of two motorcyclists was able to stop the truck trailer.
The driver, however, ran towards the jungle of Raipur by leaving the truck on the spot. Randhir was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Randhir was working with Tarsem Electronics, Mauli Jagran, as an electrician at that time and used to install cable networks and repair electrical appliances.
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited sought dismissal of the claim, saying that neither the truck was insured on the date of the accident, nor the driver had a valid and effective driver's licence at the time of the alleged accident.