Oregon Law On Crash Reporting

This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson telling about crash notification requirements in Oregon.


JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney, Lara Johnson. Lara, what’s the status of the crash notification laws in Oregon?

LARA: Joel, under current law, a driver who is in a collision resulting in any injury or over $1500 in property damage, must immediately report the accident to a police officer or law enforcement agency. A new law also requires the driver to file a written report with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, whether the driver was at fault or not. Both reports are required. Your license can be suspended if you don’t file a written report within 72 hours, even if you don’t actually know the other person was injured. We have a link on our website to the report form required by the State of Oregon’s new law.

JOEL: Thanks, Lara. If you would like to know more about these laws, and for important links, visit the law firm of Corson & Johnson at CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.

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