Law to offer more protection for motor accident victims

Law to offer more protection for motor accident victims

SINGAPORE - Motor accident victims who are not legally represented will now have more resources channeled by the Public Trustee's office towards ensuring adequate compensation for their injuries, with the latest amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act introduced in Parliament on Monday.

Under the new motor accident compensation framework, the Public Trustee will relinquish two major roles - reviewing the adequacy of out-of-court settlements for motor accident victims who are legally represented, and holding the compensation monies in trust for victims who can be paid directly by the insurer or the liable party.

This will allow the Insolvency and Public Trustee's Office, which is a department under the Ministry of Law, to focus its resources on victims who are not legally represented, and vulnerable victims such as minors, those lacking in mental capacity, or one who is serving a prison sentence.

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