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Highway accident claims to get easier

In a move to expedite the payment of insurance claims for victims of accidents on state highways, the state home department is making changes in its rules. The state government will soon make it compulsory for the highway police to register highway accident cases and file first information reports (FIR's) within 48 hours of the accident.

mumbai Updated: Oct 12, 2011 02:14 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times

In a move to expedite the payment of insurance claims for victims of accidents on state highways, the state home department is making changes in its rules.


The state government will soon make it compulsory for the highway police to register highway accident cases and file first information reports (FIR's) within 48 hours of the accident.

This will lead to expediting the insurance claims of people meeting with accidents on the 37,000-km long state and national highways in the state.

In 2010, a total of 71,289 accidents took place on the state and national highways in Maharashtra of which 12,340 were fatal and 24, 376 people were grievously injured.

"According to the rules, anyone meeting with a fatal accident needs to be paid Rs 50,000 immediately, while injured people have to be paid Rs 25,000 apart from the claim amount," said Satej Patil, minister of state for home.

"However, this is subject to when the police file an FIR. In the current scenario, the process takes months, thereby delaying claims for the victims in need of money," added Patil, who will hold a meeting on Thursday to put the new rule into place.

The meeting, he added, will take place in coordination with the state transport department and the home department.

Patil added that this move comes after he received several complaints of delay, where the police take at least two months to file FIRs. This has led to insurance companies keeping claims pending for even three years after an accident has occurred.

First Published: Oct 12, 2011 02:12 IST