1. Types of accidents you must report.
You must report a car accident 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 using the following form: Oregon DMV MVA Report.
3. If you do not file the report, your license may be suspended.
If you do not file an Oregon DMV MVA Report, the DMV can suspend your license until you file it even if you didn’t know that you had to file one. DMV suspended a driver’s license for failing to file a MVA report because someone had been injured in the accident. The driver appealed the suspension because he did not know that the person had been injured. The court upheld the suspension! See, Case Upholding Suspension.
Gary R. Johnson is a Central Oregon attorney who has handled personal injury cases since 1994.