If you've ever been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, you know how expensive it can get. You may be on the hook for a mountain of medical bills, damage to your vehicle, and increased insurance premiums. Those expenses can be especially difficult to cover if your accident resulted in serious injury that required you to miss work.
Now, accident victims in Missouri City, Tex. may face even more financial consequences in the aftermath of a crash. The city is imposing a "crash tax," which would require drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents to pay a fee.
The tax is intended to help cover the costs of the city's first responders, including ambulances, fire trucks, and law enforcement officials. The tax could add about two thousand dollars to a driver's car accident tab. Such a steep fee may have the effect of making drivers think twice about safety and accident prevention, hopefully leading to safer roads for everyone.
In a personal injury lawsuit, the victim of a motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensatory damages. These damages, as the name implies, are meant to compensate the victim for actual financial losses; which may include hospital bills or lost wages. If an injury victim has to pay the crash tax for an accident that was not his or her fault, they may be able to recover that money in compensatory damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney. He or she can work with you to review the details of your case, form a strategy, and pursue any appropriate legal claims.
Source: NBC Chicago, "Texas City to Impose 'Crash Tax' for Car Accident Help," Justin Ray, Feb. 20, 2013