Seven years after a 37-year-old accountant died after being knocked off his bike and run over by a dumper truck at Powai, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has granted his family a compensation of around Rs1.1crore. The tribunal said the fact that the dumper truck driver fled the spot without providing medical aid to the victim, Santosh More, showed he was guilty.
More had an annual income of ₹3.5 lakh. The compensation was calculated under various heads, including loss of future prospects, losses suffered by family members, hospital and funeral expenses, etc.
More’s wife Rupali and two daughters, one of whom was 18 months old at the time of his death, had submitted the claim in September 2013. Santosh’s mother, Madhuri, too, was part of the claim. His father died during its pendency and his name was deleted.
The total compensation will have to be paid jointly by the owner of the offending vehicle, Bawa Earth Movers and the insurer, Reliance General Insurance Co Ltd. The tribunal clarified that while Rupali would be given ₹29 lakh, Madhuri would get Rs 10 lakh.
The remaining amount would be divided between Rupali and her daughters and would be invested in fixed deposits. While the compensation to Rupali will be invested for six years,the children’s money will be in the FDs until they attain majority. “The applicants will be entitled to collect quarterly interest,” the tribunal said.
Rupali told the tribunal the accident took place on February 10, 2013, when the truck came from the rear side of the motorcycle and dashed it. More passed away on March 12. Rupali alleged the mishap occurred due to negligent driving of the dumper. The dumper owner did not respond to the claim. The insurance firm attempted to pin the blame on More.