(Road Accident Fund)
Any person (including drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists & pedestrians) who sustained a bodily injury in a motor vehicle accident on South Africa’s roads (except a driver who was the sole cause of the accident), a deceased breadwinner & a relative of the deceased who paid for the funeral can claim from the Road Accident Fund.
Victims of road accidents can claim for medical expenses, loss of earnings &, in cases involving serious injury, general damages for pain & suffering.
A claim for loss of support & funeral costs can be claimed if a breadwinner in your family is killed in a road accident.
If your claim is an identified claim – the identity of the driver or owner for the negligent motor vehicle is known – the RAF claim must be lodged with the RAF within 3 years from the date of the accident & summons must be issued within 5 years after date of the accident.
If your claim is an unidentified claim – the identity of the driver or owner of the negligent motor vehicle is unknown – the RAF claim must be lodged with the RAF within 2 years from date of accident & summons must be issued within 5 years after date of accident.
If you’re involved in a road accident, ensure you take the following steps:
It is best to involve your attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can then obtain necessary witness statements, photographs of the scene of the accident & of the damaged vehicle(s) & other evidence to support your claim. Contact us to see if you have a claim.