Accident Reporting And Responsibilities In Oregon

Accident Reporting

If you experience a road traffic accident in the state of Oregon, you are required by law to submit an oregon highway patrol accident reports. When submitting this document, you must ensure that you include the following information:

  • The name of your insurance company, along with your individual policy number
  • The details of your vehicle, including the state where it is registered and the license plate number
  • Your address, driver license number, date of birth, and full name

If for whatever reason you fail to provide any of this information when submitting an Oregon highway patrol accident report. One of these reports is required in the following scenarios:

  • When there is damage to property of more than $2,500
  • When there is damage to a vehicle of more than $2,500
  • When a vehicle has to been towed away from the scene of the accident
  • When there is injury or even death

If you are unable to or simply forget to submit an Oregon highway patrol accident report, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is required by law to issue you with a suspension notice. For anyone who is in a road traffic accident where the damages caused were below $2,500, you are able to report it to the DMV if the driver if the other vehicle does not have insurance. However, you must state in the report that it does not meet the criteria for mandatory reporting. 

Accident duties

Anyone who experiences a road traffic accident is required to stop immediately at the scene. However, it is important that when stopping, they do not block or endanger other drivers on the road. 

If anyone involved in the accident is hurt or injured then you should give them the aid that they need. When doing this, do not move the injured person in a careless manner as that may cause them serious harm. This should be left to trained medical professionals to do. If the accident is serious enough that someone is killed by it, then the driver must stay at the scene until the police arrive.

Information should be exchanged between any drivers involved in a road traffic accident. This includes details such as insurance information, license plate numbers, driver license numbers, home addresses, and names. Once you have all of this information, you can then report the accident to the DMV.

Hitting an animal

If you are unfortunate enough to hit an animal in the road whilst driving, you should stop the vehicle immediately and check the animal and your vehicle to see the extent of the injury and damage. If the animal is unable to by themselves, remove them out of the road, out of the way of any oncoming traffic. The incident should then be reported, either to its owner if it is a domestic pet (providing they can be found of course) or to the DMV if it is a wild animal. There is no need to pass on your personal details. 

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