2013 ORS § 811.720¹
When accident must be reported to Department of Transportation

(1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, any accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in injury or death to any person is subject to the reporting requirements under the following sections:

(a) The reporting requirements for drivers under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(b) The reporting requirements for occupants of vehicles in accidents under ORS 811.735 (Failure of vehicle occupant to make accident report to Department of Transportation).

(c) The reporting requirements for owners of vehicles under ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, an accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in damage to the property of any person in excess of $1,500 is subject to the following reporting requirements:

(a) The driver of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(b) The owner of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(c) If the property damage is to property other than a vehicle involved in the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(d) If a vehicle involved in the accident is damaged to the extent that the vehicle must be towed from the scene of the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(3) The dollar amount specified in subsection (2) of this section may be increased every five years by the Department of Transportation based upon any increase in the Portland-Salem Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items as prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor or its successor during the preceding 12-month period. The amount determined under this subsection shall be rounded to the nearest $100.

(4) The following are exempt from the reporting requirements of this section:

(a) Operators of snowmobiles, Class I all-terrain vehicles or Class III all-terrain vehicles.

(b) A law enforcement official acting in the course of official duty if the accident involved a law enforcement official performing a lawful intervention technique or a law enforcement official and a person acting during the commission of a criminal offense. As used in this paragraph:

(A) Law enforcement official means a person who is responsible for enforcing the criminal laws of this state or a political subdivision of this state and who is employed or volunteers:

(i) As a peace officer commissioned by a city, university that has established a police department under ORS 352.383 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers), port, school district, mass transit district, county or county service district authorized to provide law enforcement services under ORS 451.010 (Facilities and services provided by service districts);

(ii) With the Department of State Police or the Criminal Justice Division of the Department of Justice;

(iii) As an investigator of a district attorneys office, if the investigator is certified as a peace officer in this state; or

(iv) As an authorized tribal police officer as defined in section 1, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011.

(B) Lawful intervention technique means a method by which one motor vehicle causes, or attempts to cause, another motor vehicle to stop. [1983 c.338 §576; 1987 c.258 §11; 1993 c.614 §1; 1997 c.279 §1; 2001 c.827 §7; 2003 c.531 §1; 2005 c.405 §1; 2011 c.506 §49; 2011 c.644 §34; 2013 c.180 §54]

Note: The amendments to 811.720 (When accident must be reported to Department of Transportation) by section 56, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 58, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011, as amended by section 77, chapter 644, Oregon Laws 2011. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2015, including amendments by section 55, chapter 180, Oregon Laws 2013, is set forth for the users convenience.

811.720 (When accident must be reported to Department of Transportation). (1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, any accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in injury or death to any person is subject to the reporting requirements under the following sections:

(a) The reporting requirements for drivers under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(b) The reporting requirements for occupants of vehicles in accidents under ORS 811.735 (Failure of vehicle occupant to make accident report to Department of Transportation).

(c) The reporting requirements for owners of vehicles under ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, an accident occurring on a highway or upon premises open to the public resulting in damage to the property of any person in excess of $1,500 is subject to the following reporting requirements:

(a) The driver of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(b) The owner of a vehicle that has more than $1,500 damage must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(c) If the property damage is to property other than a vehicle involved in the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(d) If a vehicle involved in the accident is damaged to the extent that the vehicle must be towed from the scene of the accident, each driver involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and each owner of a vehicle involved in the accident must report the accident in the manner specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).

(3) The dollar amount specified in subsection (2) of this section may be increased every five years by the Department of Transportation based upon any increase in the Portland-Salem Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items as prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor or its successor during the preceding 12-month period. The amount determined under this subsection shall be rounded to the nearest $100.

(4) The following are exempt from the reporting requirements of this section:

(a) Operators of snowmobiles, Class I all-terrain vehicles or Class III all-terrain vehicles.

(b) A law enforcement official acting in the course of official duty if the accident involved a law enforcement official performing a lawful intervention technique or a law enforcement official and a person acting during the commission of a criminal offense. As used in this paragraph:

(A) Law enforcement official means a person who is responsible for enforcing the criminal laws of this state or a political subdivision of this state and who is employed or volunteers:

(i) As a peace officer commissioned by a city, university that has established a police department under ORS 352.383 (University police departments and officers) or 353.125 (Creation of police department and commission of police officers), port, school district, mass transit district, county or county service district authorized to provide law enforcement services under ORS 451.010 (Facilities and services provided by service districts);

(ii) With the Department of State Police or the Criminal Justice Division of the Department of Justice; or

(iii) As an investigator of a district attorneys office, if the investigator is certified as a peace officer in this state.

(B) Lawful intervention technique means a method by which one motor vehicle causes, or attempts to cause, another motor vehicle to stop.