Victims liable to receive compensation even if vehicles causing accident cannot be found: Kerala HC

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Kochi: The High Court pointed out that there is a provision in law that ensures compensation for accident victims even if the authorities fail to locate the vehicle which caused the accident. Justice PV Kunhikrishnan cited provisions mentioned in Sections 161 to 163 of the Motor Vehicle Act that allows an accident victim receive compensation in such cases.

The right to compensation in hit-and-run accidents is mentioned in the Solatium Scheme introduced in 1989. However, people are not aware of this. They don't even know where to apply, the court viewed.

The court also asked authorities to take measures to ensure that people are aware of this provision.

Even if the vehicles do not stop after causing accident, the victims are still liable to get a compensation of Rs 25,000 in case of death or Rs 12,500 if seriously injured.

The court was considering a petition filed by an Aluva native, VK Bhasi, who suffered injuries after a car rammed his bike on November 2, 2021. The Kalamassery police filed a report stating they failed to locate the vehicle that caused the accident. No action was taken despite the petitioner moving an application under the Solatium scheme.

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