If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you have two claim options: damages for any personal injuries and damages to your property. These claims are handled differently. If you have suffered damages to your property due to an accident, you must claim from the driver or owner of the vehicle that caused the accident. If you are injured or if a member of your family has died as a result of the accident, you can claim compensation from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).
The RAF is a special fund that pays compensation owed to the victim of a road accident on behalf of the negligent driver who caused the accident. The RAF is funded by a tax that is included in the price of petrol and diesel; this is known as the fuel levy. Everyone who buys petrol or diesel in South Africa therefore contributes to the fund.
You can claim compensation from the RAF if
You cannot claim compensation from the RAF if
The following compensation claims can be made from the RAF:
Claiming from the RAF can sometimes prove to be challenging and you should make sure that you have expert legal assistance. Joseph’s Incorporated Attorneys will offer you the best advice on how to proceed with your claim, so contact us today on 011 325 2886.