CLAIMS

WHO IS ENTITLED TO CLAIM

  • A person who was personally injured (except a driver who was the sole cause of the accident)
  • The dependent of a deceased victim
  • A close relative of the deceased in respect of funeral expenses
  • A claimant under the age of 18 who must be assisted by a parent or legal guardian

WHAT CAN I CLAIM FOR?

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of earnings or income due to injuries (past and future)
  • Loss of support for a dependent of a deceased victim (breadwinner, past and future)
  • General damages for pain, suffering and disfigurement in the case of bodily injury where it is serious as is required in terms of the act.

TIME PERIOD TO LODGE A CLAIM WITH THE RAF


  • If the identity of the offending driver or owner is known, the claim must be lodged within 3 years from the date on which the claim arose. If the identity of the offending driver or owner is unknown, the claim must be lodged within 2 years from the date on which the claim arose.

TIME PERIOD TO LODGE A CLAIM WITH THE THE ACA

  • ACA must be notified of a potential claim within 90 days after the accident.

DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in which there was bodily injury you will need the following information for the RAF:

  • Date and time of the accident
  • An affidavit by claimant
  • The accident report – SAPS and/or traffic department reports and case numbers
  • Medical report from the first doctor who saw you after the accident
  • The names and addresses and telephone numbers of witnesses
  • Photographs of the accident and injuries if possible
  • Comprehensive insurance details if applicable
  • Medical and Hospital accounts and records
  • Proof of earnings of all parties involved
  • Certified copies of ID documents

If a victim is deceased, the following documents are required:

  • Identity document of deceased
  • Death certificate and post mortem report
  • Proof of marriage (if claim by spouse)
  • Birth certificate of minor children reflecting names of parents
  • Proof of funeral expenses

* Please note: These are some of the documents that may be required but it is not limited to these documents.