Anyone who has ever looked at the details of their paycheck knows that a lot of their money goes toward taxes. But what do those taxes really cover? Sometimes it can be hard to know for sure and it can be surprising to find out what taxes do and do not pay for in a community.

For example, you might think that tax dollars go toward what it costs for public workers to respond to accidents. To some extent that might be true, though some municipalities, including some in California, have a more controversial way of paying for accidents.

Imagine that you were the victim of a car accident. Maybe your car is wrecked. Maybe you even sustained injuries in the accident. That is enough damage to have to deal with for most crash victims. What if a city decided that it would add extra stress to the incident by requiring crash victims to pay for the work of responders?

Currently, a Texas town is considering charging those involved in accidents for the work of responders. That proposal has sparked controversy there, just as this matter has in California. Such a proposal has been introduced throughout different California towns and even adopted by at least one in Petaluma.

Lawmakers who oppose the “crash tax” in California have fought for legislation that would ban asking accident victims to pay for accident response fees. Those who support the crash tax indicate how insurance companies would be the parties truly responsible for paying the bill. That still may mean that accident victims would have to pay more for their insurance coverage.

These are tough economic times, and governments are looking for ways to keep their communities’ running without going bankrupt. Do you think that charging crash victims is a reasonable way to control costs within California and elsewhere?

The last think that an accident victim wants to take on is more financial cost, especially when the crash and their injuries are the fault of another careless driver. Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers take aggressive action to help clients get fair compensation following an act of negligence.

Source: Fox News, “Insult to injury? Texas town joins trend of imposing ‘crash tax’ on accident victims,” Feb. 20, 2013