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​All you need to know

What is the Road Accident Fund?

The Road Accident Fund (“Fund”) is a statutory body that, in terms of the provisions of the Road Accident Fund Act, 1996 (Act 56 of 1996), exists to provide cover to all persons within the borders of South Africa for loss or damage resulting from death or bodily injury caused by the negligent driving of motor vehicles within borders of the country.

​Where does the Fund get its money from?

The Road Accident Fund is mainly funded by a levy on Fuel (petrol and diesel sold).

Who is entitled to make a claim?

An injured person (except where the injured person is 100% to blame for the accident). A dependent of a deceased person (except where the deceased person is 100% to blame for the accident).

  • A close relative of the deceased in respect of funeral expenses.

  • A parent or legal guardian of a minor child.

  • A foster parent in respect of past medical expenses incurred by him/her.

  • An executor of the de deceased’s estate.

  • A curator ad litem.


  • Past and future hospital and medical expenses.

  • Past and future loss of income or earnings.

  • Past and future loss of support for a dependent of a deceased victim.

  • General damages for pain, suffering and disfigurement in the case of bodily injury. (This is determined after examining the extent and severity of the injury). In respect of claims arising on or after 1 August 2008 general damages are only paid for serious injury.

  • Necessary funeral expenses.​