Do you know how the South African Road Accident Fund works in regards to drunk driving? The law is necessarily strict on this matter. If you are involved in a motor accident while driving under the influence of alcohol, the outcome of any legal proceedings and an RAF claim will be negative. Even if the other vehicle caused the accident, the fact that you were drinking is considered contributory negligence, meaning that you are at least partially responsible for the accident. The next time you are having a few beers with friends, remember the severe consequences of drunk driving.
How to be the designated driver
When on the road, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers. This is especially true if your passengers are minors or are intoxicated. If you have ever been the designated driver on a Friday night, you may have wished that car safety seats came in adult sizes as well as children’s. Nobody enjoys the task of managing a group of drunken adults, especially when it comes time to pile in the car and get everyone to their respective homes. It is best to decide before getting together who will be the designated driver to avoid confusion or arguments later. It is a chore that one should always be willing to sacrifice for their friends. Being the designated driver entails more than just avoiding alcohol and having a drivers licence though. Since you are responsible for your passengers, you need to ensure their safety. This includes ensuring they are all buckled-up. If there are more bodies than seats, rather make two trips instead of squeezing them all in and endangering everyone.
Who can help with claims?
If you have been designated the sober driver for your night out, and end up in a motor accident, you can successfully claim against the Road Accident Fund for your injuries and loss. Your passengers can also claim. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys for any advice about the South African Road Accident Fund or about driving law. We will explain everything you need to know and help your process proceed quickly and smoothly.