Road Accident Claims
The Road Accident Fund (“RAF”) is a body established by an Act of Parliament, namely, the Road Accident Fund Act.
The RAF provides compulsory cover to all users of South African roads (by way of fuel tax), resident or foreigner, against injuries sustained or death arising from accidents involving motor vehicles within the borders of South Africa. This cover is in the form of indemnity insurance to persons who cause the accident, as well as personal injury and death insurance to victims of motor vehicle accidents and their families.
The compensation provided by the RAF is an attempt to re-integrate victims of road accidents into society from a health and economic perspective, and to protect wrongdoers and their families from financial ruin. This is done by paying the medical and related services costs required to restore accident victims to health, compensating the victims or their families for income or support lost as a result of the accident and indemnifying the wrongdoer from liability. In addition, the RAF pays general damages to accident victims, which represents compensation for pain and suffering, loss of amenities of life, disability and disfigurement, as well as funeral costs to families in circumstances where the victim of the accident sustains fatal injuries.
We are able to provide assistance to individuals needing to obtain payment of compensation from the RAF for loss or damage caused by the wrongful and negligent driving of a road user. Our services include assisting clients on a Contingency Fee basis (No Win – No Fee basis), in the event that they meet certain criteria, as determined by ourselves.
Services in this area of law include: -
- Consultation and Appointment as Attorneys of Record
- Obtaining relevant Legal Documentation
- Lodgement of Claim with RAF
- Obtaining Expert Evidence
- Negotiations with RAF on Settlement
- Proceeding to trial in the event of no settlement being reached
Recent settlements obtained for clients include claims in excess of R1 700 000.00 and R6 000 000.00.