Staff Reporter

He was thrown out when the driver suddenly applied brakes

PUDUCHERRY: Second Additional District Judge E.M.K.S. Siddharthar on Tuesday ordered the owner of a private bus to pay a compensation of Rs.2,21,000 to the victim of a road accident.

T. Dharmaraj (55) of Shanmugapuram had filed a petition under the Motor Vehicles Act, seeking compensation from the bus owner and United India Insurance, for injuries sustained in the accident in May 2003.

Dharmaraj, who was standing inside the bus while travelling from Shanmungapuram to Vazhudavur, was thrown out when the driver suddenly applied the brakes. One of the rear wheels of the bus ran over his right thigh, which had to be amputated.

Dismissing the petitioner’s claim for compensation from the insurance company, the judge ruled that the bus owner must compensate for the disability, loss of income and mental agony suffered by the petitioner, caused by rash and negligent driving.