Court reduced compensation to driver citing negligence

Court cuts compensation to driver citing negligence : N.Lakshmanan, a load van driver who became partially disabled after meeting with an accident received a compensation of Rs 12.29 lakh awarded by a city motor accident claims tribunal. The tribunal, however, awarded the amount after deducting 10% of the total compensation amount, fixing contributory negligence on the van driver for not obtaining a Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) badge. An Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) badge or commercial license is required for those driving vehicle for commercial purposes. Lakshmanan, a resident of Kodungayur moved the claims tribunal after he suffered injuries in an accident that occured on March 13,2016 in Ambattur. In his petition, he claimed that another load van, which rashly driven, collided with his vehicle. In response, his insurance firm contended that the accident happened due to the negligent driving of the petitioner & that he was not in possession of Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) badge. Lakshmanan’s claim was proved valid during cross examination, it noted. tnn

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