INSURANCE companies will be required to pay a total of Sh3 million to families of victims who die as a result of an accident. This include those people who are hit by a car or die inside a car involved in an accident.
A person who becomes blind as a result of an accident shall also be compensated to the tune of Sh3 million. The figures are contained in the Insurance (Motor Vehicle Third Party Risks) Amendment Bill 2013 which was passed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on December 14.
Any partial paralysis of the lower limb shall be entitled to compensation to the tune of Sh3 million, the Bill, which is now an Act says. And in instances where one limb becomes very weak, but not completely paralysed, the victim will claim Sh1.5 million from an insurance company of the affected vehicle.
And if you lose your arm at shoulder by amputation or paralysis, you shall be paid Sh1.9 million for right hand and Sh1.8 million for the left hand.
A person who suffers partial blindness shall be compensated to the tune of between Sh2.1 million and Sh2.25 million. In addition, a person who suffers impairement of memory or ability to concentrate shall be entitled to Sh1.2 million as compensation or 40 per cent of Sh3 million.
The Bill was made to put in place to introduce a structured schedule of payment of compensation and will remove confusions that results whenever there is an accident.