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October 31, 2017

Dispose motor accident cases within time frame: Madras HC

Madras High Court

Expressing its displeasure over the slow pace of disposal of motor accident cases, the Madras High Court, through a recent circular notified that the accident cases should be disposed within a year.

“Accident cases should be disposed of within a time frame, say within a period of 12 months from the date of numbering the petition. Once the matter is taken up for hearing, it should not be adjourned 3 working days at any point of time,” the notification read.

The High Court, during a recent hearing of an accident case, observed that long pendency of such cases causes prejudice to the claimants, which is “certainly more painful than the injuries sustained by the claimant of the death of the deceased”.

The circular was issued to all the subordinate courts dealing with Motor Accident cases in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

According to a report tabled by Tamil Nadu government, a massive number of 4,148 persons were killed in road accidents in the first three months of 2017;blaming the non-adherence of traffic rules for high number of fatalities. In 2016, a total of 17,218 persons died in 73,431 road accidents in the state.

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