Holding a truck driver guilty of rash and negligent driving, motor accidents claims tribunal (MACT), SAS Nagar, has directed the driver, along with the vehicle’s insurer, to pay Rs 55.87 lakh with 6% interest to the family of a man killed in an accident.
Based on eyewitnesses’ account, the tribunal held that on September 17, 2013, Sukhwinder Singh of Ambala was driving the truck in a rash and negligent manner, and while overtaking hit a bus head on, thereby killing three persons, including Anil Kumar Jindal, 53, executive officer of Anandpur Sahib municipal council, Rupnagar.
Counsel of the petitioners Navdeep Arora said the amount was to be paid ‘jointly or severally’ by the driver and his vehicle’s insurer, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company Limited.
The amount will be paid to Jindal’s widow Sudesh Rani, 52, her son Rohit Jindal, 27, deceased’s mother Kamla Devi,76, all residents of Kurali, and two married daughters of the deceased.
Driver claims innocence
Sukhwinder Singh, whose one leg was amputated owing to injuries sustained in the accident, instead accused the bus driver of driving at high speed and coming from the wrong direction, thus causing the accident.
IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Company Limited claimed that the truck was falsely involved in this case.