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The Road Accident Fund gives advice part2

By admin
14 October 2013

Is there a time frame to claim for compensation?

Yes, there is time period within which a person would be expected to lodge his claim with the RAF. Failure to lodge a claim within the prescribed period will result in the claimant not being able to claim from the RAF. The period(s) to lodge a claim is as follows:

• If the identity of the offending driver or owner is known, the claim must be lodged within three years from the date on which the accident happened. (This does not apply to a minor.)

• If the identity of the offending driver or owner is unknown (usually a hit and run accident), the claim must be lodged within two years from the date on which the accident happened.

What documents should you bring when lodging a claim?

In case of injury the following documents must be attached:

• A certified copy of the ID of the claimant.

• An affidavit by the claimant explaining how the accident took place.

• Police accident report, a police statement and police sketch plan.

• Documents to prove loss of earnings, for example, salary advice slip.

• Documents to prove medical expenses and copies of hospital records, if available.

If the accident victim is deceased, the following additional documents are required:

• Certified copy of ID of deceased, the death certificate and post mortem report.

• Proof of marriage (if claim by spouse).

• Birth certificates of minor children reflecting names of parents.

• Proof of earnings of all parties involved and proof of reasonable funeral expenses.

Contact the RAF call centre on 086 0235 523

Call the RAF call centre on 086 0235 523 for information and for a branch near you.