Road Accident Fund (RAF)

The RAF is a statutory body in South Africa that provides compensation to individuals who have suffered injuries or losses due to motor vehicle accidents.

Common Questions about RAF

who is elegibile for a claim?

You may be eligible to claim from the RAF if you were injured or suffered losses in a motor vehicle
accident caused by the negligence of another party.

What Types of damages can be claimed from rAF?

The RAF covers various types of damages, including medical expenses, loss of income, loss of support, general damages for pain and suffering, and funeral expenses in the case of a fatality.

is there a time limit to institute a claim with the rAF?

Yes, there is a prescribed time limit. In general, you have three years from the date of the accident to institute a claim with the RAF. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident and the registration number and identity of the driver of the motor vehicle are unknown, then you have 2 years to institute a claim against the RAF. However, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, as delays can affect the strength of your claim.

Do I Need Legal Representation to Claim From the RAF?

It is always recommended, as an attorney experienced in RAF matters can guide you through the claims process, assess the value of your claim, gather evidence, and negotiate on your behalf.

What Documents and Information Are Needed to File a Claim?

You will need to provide details of the accident, such as the date, location, and circumstances. Additionally, medical records or details of the hospital or medical practitioners who provided medical treatment, the accident report number from the police, witness statements, and any other relevant documents should be included in the claim.

How Is Compensation Determined by the RAF?

Compensation is assessed based on various factors, including the severity of the injuries, medical expenses, loss of income, and the impact on your quality of life. The RAF uses a prescribed formula to calculate compensation, taking into account specific guidelines and limits.

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