Ulhasnagar youth gets `50 lakh after losing leg in road accident
A youth, who lost his leg in a road accident in 2009, has been awarded a compensation of over Rs50 lakh by Thane Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.
District Judge and MACT additional member PR Kadam directed the driver of the offending truck, its owner, and The New India Assurance Company to jointly and severally pay the compensation to the claimant Santosh Singeri.
The claimant’s advocate, Baldev B Rajput, told the MACT that Santosh, aged 13 at the time of the accident and a resident of Ulhasnagar, was riding pillion on a bike being driven by his father towards Thane’s Gandhi Nagar on November 7, 2009.
A speeding truck knocked down their motorbike. Singeri, who was then studying in Class 8, fell from the two-wheeler and the truck ran over his legs. His left leg was amputated. The applicant claimed Rs29,31,800 on various counts.
The truck driver, Malaji Damodar Rokade, and vehicle owner Amit Container Movers did not appear before MACT and hence the matter was decided exparte against them. The insurance firm contested the claim.
Due to the truck driver’s negligence, the applicant suffered grievous injuries and permanent disability. Thus, the applicant is entitled for compensation, the tribunal ruled.
As regards the applicant’s performance in school after the mishap, the applicant submitted that prior to the accident he was scoring around 65 to 77 per cent, and after the accident he scored just 45 per cent in Class 12.
Considering the applicant’s disability and evidence, the MACT granted Rs50,18,979 compensation to the boy.
The tribunal awarded Rs9,69,334 compensation to Santosh’s father SA Singeri, who was also injured in the same accident.