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.