What You Need to Do If You’ve Been Involved in an Accident
If someone is injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident because one of the drivers was negligent, they or their loved ones can lodge a claim with the Road Accident Fund (RAF).
This means that even if the driver of the car doesn't have insurance, people injured in the accident (or the loved ones of people killed in the accident) can get money from the fund to help pay medical expenses and to compensate for wages they may have lost as a result of the accident.
What is the Road Accident Fund (RAF)?
The RAF provides financial assistance to people injured in road accidents or the dependants of people killed in road accidents caused by negligent driving.
The fund is financed by a fuel levy that is included in the petrol and diesel price.
When Can You not Claim from the Fund?
What Can You Get Compensation For?
How to Claim from the Road Accident Fund:
You can claim from the Fund yourself or you can get a lawyer to claim for you but you will have to pay for their services.
You must make the claim within three years of the date of the accident, if you know who caused the accident. If you don't know who the driver or owner of the vehicle was that caused the accident, you need to claim within two years.
You make the claim by completing and signing the Claim Form (Form 1).
You Will Need the Following to Make a Claim:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions to the RAF, grouped in their respective categories:
Where do You Lodge a Claim?
You can lodge your claim and find out more information from the official RAF wesbite, or at the RAF offices in Cape Town:
Seventh Floor, No. 1 Thibault Square, Long Street, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: 021 408 3300
- Road Accident Fund Act (Act) (File type: pdf; size: 52.34 KB)