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If you do not file a report when required, Oregon law requires DMV to issue a suspension notice.
If you were in an accident and the damages were less than $2,500, you can report to DMV if the other party doesn't have insurance. Be sure to clearly note on the accident report that it doesn't meet mandatory reporting criteria.
Note: An Oregon Police Traffic Accident Report filed with DMV does not exempt you from the requirement to complete and submit an Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report. Regardless of a police officer’s reporting, you are required, as outlined in ORS 811.720 and 811.725, to complete and submit the
Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report to DMV. The report must be completed using the form designated by DMV which is the
Oregon Traffic Accident and Insurance Report.
You must immediately notify police if you are a driver involved in an accident meeting any of the same criteria required under DMV Accident Reporting Requirements (see above).
Use a non-emergency police phone number.
If you have a traffic accident, you must:
Stop at Once
Stop at the accident scene or as close as possible without blocking or endangering other traffic.
Give aid to injured people. Remember, injured people should never be moved carelessly. In many cases, they should not be moved at all except by emergency staff or someone trained in first aid. If someone is killed or unconscious, the driver must remain at the scene until a police officer arrives.
Exchange Information (printable checklist to keep in your car)
Give the other driver, passengers in the vehicle, or any injured pedestrian your:
Report the Accident to DMV (instructions above)
If you hit an unoccupied vehicle, try to find the owner. If you can't find the owner, leave a note that says you are the person who hit the vehicle and how to contact you. By law, ORS 811.700(1)(B), you must write your name and address on the note, and a brief description of what happened. If you damage property other than a vehicle, you also must try to find the owner or someone in charge of the property to report the damage.
If you hit and injure an animal:
If you have a crash on the highway and you have no injury, you should move your vehicle over to the shoulder if it’s safe to do so. This helps keep traffic moving. You will also avoid getting a ticket for failure to remove your vehicle.
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