Road Accident Fund-all you need to know

This vehicle collided with a bus recently Durban. PHOTO-Netcare 911
This vehicle collided with a bus recently Durban. PHOTO-Netcare 911

INSTEAD of spending large sums of money on litigation fees, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has encouraged road accident claimants to approach the Road Accident Fund (RAF) directly.

“Using lawyers can be costly and often results in a large chunk of the money intended for the victim being spent on litigation fees instead of their maintenance,” Maswanganyi said.

The Minister said RAF officials are available all over the country and are also strategically placed at hospitals to assist those who may have been involved in accidents.

Read also – Road Accident Fund resumes payments

How to claim:

The first step in claiming from the RAF is to gather all the necessary documents. The documents required to launch a claim with the RAF are:

The police report and case number of the accident.
All your relevant personal details as well as those of any other person involved in the accident.
All medical documents supporting the claim of injuries incurred.
Any motivating testimony from medical and/or legal experts, as well as witness testimony.
Any relevant information pertaining to the accident such as damages to vehicle/s and/or surrounding structures and most importantly,  the official RAF forms are required.

Who may make a claim? 
A person who sustained a bodily injury in the accident (except a driver who was the sole cause of the accident).
A dependent of a deceased breadwinner.
A close relative of the deceased who paid for the funeral.
A claimant under the age of 18 years must be assisted by a parent, legal guardian or curator ad litem.


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