Say What! Taxes On Car Accidents

Yep, you read that right…

There is a city in the US that has setup a “accident tax” that requires drivers to pay a fee for their accidents.

This tax can be thousands of dollars because its meant to cover the cost of first responders.  Of course that is assuming they don’t inflate prices like everything else in the health care industry.  Can you imagine a charge on an ambulance ride if its comparable to the charges you get just for seeing a nurse practitioner for 10 minutes.  Last time I went to the doctors office for a checkup and didn’t even see a doctor they billed me over $300.

So where is this tax happening?

In a city with less than 70,000 residents known as Missouri City, Texas.

Thankfully most of us will never set foot in this Houston suburb. But the problem is once someone gets away with it more will follow.

If this tax isn’t already above and beyond, the kicker is all drivers involved with the incident will be charged, even if they didn’t phone for help.

The amount of the charge depends on how severe the accident is, ranging from $500 to $2,000, according to KHOU 11 News. The fees target drivers responsible for accidents, but not everyone feels the fee will be effective.

Fire Chief Russell Sander told KHOU the new fee will help cover the city’s budget deficit. When asked to address concern over the charge, he said bills will be sent to insurance and shouldn’t concern drivers.

A third party company handles the billing for the new fee and estimates say that the city will gain an extra $50,000 a year with the new measure, according to KHOU.