Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench has raised the compensation granted by a motor accident tribunal to the mother and younger brother of a second year MBBS accident victim who met with his death after being crushed under the rear wheels of a container truck, while attempting an overtake on his motorcycle on Tiruchendur Road in October 2010.
A Division Bench of Justices R. Subbiah and J. Nisha Banu, partly allowing their preferred appeal upgraded the compensation from Rs. 8.67 Lac to Rs. 21 lac after assessing the monthly income the deceased could have earned in his life to be Rs. 18,000 as against the Rs. 10,000 decided upon by the tribunal reports the Hindu.
The Bench however, did not interfere in the tribunal’s decision that the claimants would have to give up 2o percent of the awarded amount for contributory negligence. The negligence was proved by an eye witness to the incident who had stated in the lower court that the student had died only on hitting the rear side of the truck and thereafter, getting crushed under the rear wheels.