When must you report a motor vehicle accident to the Oregon DMV?
1. Types of accidents you must report.
You must report a motor vehicle accident in Oregon to the Oregon DMV when:
(a) your vehicle sustained more than $1500 in damage;
(b) any other vehicle or property (e. g., building) sustained more than $1,500 in damage and a vehicle was towed from the scene; or
(c) someone was injured or killed.
2. You have 72 hours to report the accident.
You must report the accident within 72 hours of the accident. You must use the following form to report the accident: http://www.odot.state.or.us/forms/dmv/32.pdf.
3. If you don’t report the accident, your license may be suspended.
If you fail to file an accident report, the DMV is required to suspend your license until you file the report even if you didn’t know that you had to file a report. DMV suspended a driver’s license for failing to file report regarding an accident in which someone was injured even though the driver did not know the person had been injured. The driver appealed the suspension but the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld it. You can read the case by following this link: http://www.publications.ojd.st guaiac ate.or.us/docs/A142425.htm.