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06th November 2012
By Mokoduo in Legal
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What is a Road Accident?
The dictionary defines a road accident as "an unexpected and undesirable event, a mishap unforeseen and without apparent cause." Essentially most road accidents are not accidents at all: they are collisions which could often easily have been avoided. So, what causes road accidents the, and how can you avoid them?

The 4 main factors that cause road accidents
Equipment Failure, Road Design, Poor Road Conditions and Driver Behaviour all play a crucial role in curbing road accidents. Driver Behaviour is primarily the only factor directly influenced by the road using individual. A brief look at the top 7 considerations of driver behaviour pave the way to understanding how and where we as individuals can reduce the number of road accidents.
The top 7 considerations to avoid an accident
1. Excessive speed
2. Frequent or unsafe lane changes

3. Failure to signal
4. Tailgating
5. Failure to yield the right of way
6. Disregarding traffic controls
7. Impaired driving
Injuries caused by Road Accidents

According to the recent Road Accident Fund (RAF) press release of September 2012, a total of 149,467 claims were finalised during the 2011/2012 financial year, which amounted to an accident claim pay out in excess of R12 billion. Injury claims of R6.2 Billion (6 years ago) give testament to the fact that accident claims are becoming a costlier expense to the RAF. In the last 12 months alone the average settlement per claim has increased by 16.6% with the average injury amount touching R60000 per claim.
Injury claims prove difficult for many
Although paying out in the Billions, the Road Accident Fund is no easy giant to get to pay out your injury claim, red tape abounds and the thought of this daunting climb often puts many off. Specialist attorneys are in many cases the best alternative, offering a quick and stress free approach to initiating an injury claim.

Many victims who could be entitled to compensation are reluctant to make a claim
What is a Road accident or Personal Injury Claim?
Accident Injury Claims – Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. The term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another, but also arises in defamation torts.The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping accidents, assault claims, accidents in the home, product defect accidents (product liability) and holiday accidents. The term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical negligence claims every year).
Pain, suffering and loss of amenity
The amount of compensation for Accident Injury Claims will primarily depend on the severity of the injury. Serious injuries (such as broken bones, severed limbs, brain damage) that cause intense physical pain and suffering will tend to receive the highest injury settlements.
Aside from compensation for injuries, the injured person can also get compensated for how the injuries have affected his or her life. An example, a keen cricketer suffers a wrist injury which prevents him from playing cricket during the cricket season. This can be compensated for, over and above the award for the injury itself. This is called loss of amenity, and the award for loss of amenity is part of the claim for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
In the same manner the injured person can also be compensated if, as a result of the injuries, there has been an inability to doing work which was previously really enjoyed. This is called loss of congenial employment.
Compensation Claim services at Mokoduo
Our professional team boasts more than 30 years combined experience in the prosecution of major Accident Injury Claims arising out of motor vehicle and train accidents as well as from public and product liability, medical malpractice and professional negligence.
We manage a team of independent medical practitioners and reconstruction specialists to ensure success on the liability aspect of any action dealt with by our firm as well as optimal quantification of the damages sustained as a result of the event giving rise to the action.
Accident Injury Claims at Mokoduo, we understand the issues affecting our clients and their families due to injuries arising from personal injury or medical negligence and we know what positive action to take to make a difference to their claims. We have pursued many leading legal cases in order to improve the prospects of success of claims for various forms of personal injury and to obtain fairer compensation.
Many victims who could be entitled to compensation for personal injury are reluctant to make a claim because of concerns over the cost of seeking legal advice. At Mokoduo we believe that justice should not be reserved just for those who can afford it. Legal fees in respect of actions for personal injury and medical negligence can therefore be dealt with by us on a no win, no fee basis governed by the terms and conditions of a contingency fee agreement.
Our lawyers offer the highest level of professionalism and expertise, combined with dedication and sensitivity. Above all, we put our client’s first. See what accident Injury claims we specialize in…

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