Accident Guide in Oregon
Being a safe driver doesn't guarantee that you won't have an accident, so it's a good idea to be prepared in case you do have one. The following are your responsibilities as a driver:
Step 1: Stop!
You don't want to block traffic, but you do want to stop as close to the accident scene as possible. Under no circumstance should you "hit and run," a violation that can get your driver's license suspended or revoked.
Step 2: Give Aid
Check if anyone is injured and give them aid if necessary. Try not to move injured people. Most of the time, you want to wait until an ambulance arrives with certified first aid technicians. If anyone is unconscious or killed, you must wait for a police officer to arrive. Leaving the scene is considered a "hit and run" offense.
Step 3: Exchange Information
Give the other party of the accident the following information:
- License plate number
- Insurance company and ID number
- Driver's license number
Make sure to get this information from the other party, too. In case you forget what information you need, you can download and print a convenient checklist to keep in your vehicle.
Step 4: Report the Accident to the DMV
There are certain situations where state law requires you to report an accident to the DMV. If your accident meets any of the following conditions, you must complete an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report:
- More than $1,500 of damage to your vehicle.
- More than $1,500 of damage to any vehicle involved in the accident and towing is required to remove a vehicle from the accident.
- More than $1,500 of damage to any person's property (not a vehicle).
- Injury or death because of the accident.