The Road Accident Fund (RAF) exists to provide compensation to road accident victims in South Africa. Whether you were a driver, passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian, as a road user, you are entitled to cover under the Road Accident Fund Act.
What can I claim for?
If you are injured in an accident for which you are not to blame, or an accident for which you are only partly to blame, you can claim against the RAF for the following:
· Past and future medical expenses
· Loss of income
· General damages for pain and suffering (only if your injury is classified as serious)
What if a breadwinner is deceased?
If you are the child, spouse or parent dependent on the income of a close member of your family who died in an accident that was someone else’s fault, or who was partly someone else’s fault, you are entitled to file a loss of support claim with the RAF.
You can also claim compensation for funeral costs but these are limited to the cost of cremating the deceased or interring the remains.
How much compensation can I get?
The RAF also has specific limitations, for example, currently in 2018, the maximum payout for loss of income due to your injury is R238,670.
What does the RAF not cover?
The RAF does not cover any damage to personal property or vehicles. In addition, you will not be able to claim from the RAF if:
· you were solely responsible for the accident
· you were the only person involved in the accident, for example, you drove your car into a tree, and the accident was not due to someone else’s negligence.
How do I successfully claim from the RAF?
Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you get fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. Claims that are done directly with the RAF can often be rejected due to incorrect or insufficient supporting evidence.
Direct claims are also sometimes settled for much lower amounts as claimants, without having any legal counsel to advise them, consider the settlement offered to be significant, without taking into account long-term medical expenses or other related losses.
Speak to an expert
Our attorneys have worked at the Road Accident Fund and are especially well-positioned to assist a claim in getting the best possible results. We operate on a contingency basis which means that if there is no win for you, there is no fee from us.
To find out whether you have a Road Accident Fund claim, please fill in our easy form here: https://elmariedevosinc.co.za/tell-us-your-story – and we will get back to you within 72 hours. Or you can call us on 0861 338 529, SMS or WhatsApp 071 112 2007 or email: email@example.com
The information on these web pages is provided for general information purposes and is not intended to be stand-alone legal advice. Always consult a suitably qualified attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matter.