The family of a senior company manager, who was mowed down by a tanker, has been awarded compensation of Rs 55.17 lakhs for the accident that took place on Shilphata-Mahape road in 2014.
The family of the deceased staying at Khadakpada in Kalyan, includes his wife, two children and parents.
The President of Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) and Principal District Judge S M Gavhane ordered that the owner of a tanker and the National Insurance Company Ltd, should jointly and severally make the payment to the claimants with 9 per cent interest till the realisation of the amount.
The claimants Kavita Patil (40), Shruti Patil (16), Aalekh Patil (6), Govind Patil (73)and Prabhavati Patil (58) in their application stated that the deceased Rajesh Patil (45) was serving as Deputy Manager with a private firm and drawing a salary of Rs 30,000 per month.
On the morning of May 8, 2014 he was travelling as a pillion rider with his friend on the motorcycle from Kalyan to Rabale when a car travelling in front suddenly stopped and as a result the bike skidded and both of them fell on the road, the application mentioned.
The tanker coming from behind ran over the deceased who suffered severe injuries on leg and was later treated at four different hospitals. He succumbed to injuries at Nair hospital on August 14, 2014, counsel for the claimants S K Nawadkar told the tribunal.
She informed that the family incurred an expense of Rs 6 lakh on medical treatment and Rs 1.5 lakh on conveyance, funeral and other religious rites of the deceased.
The owner of the tanker did not contest the case.
However, the insurance company challenged the matter.
The judge after hearing both the parties held that the tanker driver was at fault and ordered compensation payment to the family members.
The compensation of Rs 55.17 lakhs included Rs 49,63,560 towards loss of dependency, Rs 1 lakh each towards loss of consortium, and care and guidance, Rs 25,000 towards funeral expenses and Rs 3,28,851 towards hospital and medical expenses.
The court ordered payment of Rs 8 lakh to each of the claimants by way of investment in fixed deposits. As regards the two children the money will be kept in the FD with their mother as the guardian.
Out of the balance amount Rs 4 lakh each to be paid to the parents and the remaining balance to be paid to the widow, the tribunal said in the order.
( Source – PTI )