New Delhi: The family members of a 40-year- old man, who died in a road accident involving a negligently driven motorcycle, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 46 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.
The tribunal directed New India Insurance Company Ltd, with which the motorcycle was insured, to pay Rs 46,43,020 to the wife, minor children and mother of Hemant Verma, who died in the accident in June 2011.
"It was noted that there is nothing on record to show that the petitioners (family) had any enmity with the driver of the offending vehicle so as to falsely implicate him in the case. The issue thus stands decided in favour of petitioners holding that the accident happened as a result of negligent driving by respondent no.1 (offending motorcycle driver)," MACT Presiding Officer Ravinder Bedi said.
Verma`s family said in the petition that the incident took place on the morning of June 19, 2011, when the victim along with his uncle was going on his motorcycle.
Verma, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi, was riding the bike while his uncle was a pillion rider.
As they reached in front of Karkardooma Court in east Delhi, a motorcycle being driven at a high speed and in a rash and negligent manner by Dinesh Kumar, hit Verma`s bike from behind.
Due to the impact, Verma and his uncle fell down on the road and were taken to Dr. Hedgewar Hospital where Verma died.
A criminal case was also registered at Anand Vihar Police Station.
The tribunal also relied on the testimony of Verma`s uncle Madan Mohan Verma who was an eyewitness to the accident.
Verma`s wife told the tribunal that her husband was engaged in the business of printing and dyeing clothes and was earning over Rs 21,000 per month.
Kumar did not appear before the tribunal.