- The Supreme Court has held that in case of death of a bachelor in a motor vehicle accident,the age of the deceased and not the age of the dependents will be the basis for computation of compensation.
- This verdict comes in the backdrop of an appeal filed by an Insurance Company against a High Court ruling that the multiplier should be taken on the basis of the bachelor victim’s age.
- The apex court has said that when a married man dies in an accident, his age is taken to compute the loss and compensation to the family. Similarly,same principle should also be applied to a bachelor who may also have family dependent on him.
- Further,the court said that the deciding factor of an accident claim should be the deceased age and what would be his contribution towards the dependants had he been alive.
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