You may be eligible to claim from the South African Road Accident Fund if you have recently been in a road accident. Anyone who has been in a road accident can claim, except the driver responsible for the accident. If the accident was caused by multiple drivers, seek legal guidance to determine whether any of the drivers can claim for a reduced pay-out. Persons affected by the accident can also claim, whether they were passengers, pedestrians or family members whose relative was involved in the accident. Family members can claim if they lost financial support due to the injury or death of a relative involved in the accident. Minors can also claim, with the assistance of a parent or legal guardian.
When can you claim from the Road Accident Fund?
Anyone who has suffered injury and loss in a road accident caused by a negligent driver can claim from the Road Accident Fund. It must have occurred on a South African road, whether it was a rural dirt road or a major highway. You can claim for medical expenses to treat any injuries resulting from the accident. You can also claim for loss of income due to accident-related injuries preventing you from working. Funeral expenses if the accident caused a death can be part of your claim. You can claim for loss of support if a main income provider of a household was killed in the accident. A claim must be made within three years of the date of the accident. However, the claim must be made within two years if the driver responsible for the accident is unknown.
How to claim from the Road Accident Fund
You can claim from the Road Accident Fund yourself via their website. It is, however, recommended to make use of legal services to handle the case for you. An attorney is an asset when making a claim, as they can ensure that all factors are considered and offer valuable guidance. For affordable attorney assistance with a Road Accident Fund claim, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys today.