2007 ORS 811.720¹
When accident must be reported

(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).

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

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

(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).

(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) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident).

(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) 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) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident).

(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) 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) and under the circumstances specified in ORS 811.730 (Owner failure to report accident).

(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, port, school district, mass transit district, county or county service district authorized to provide law enforcement services under ORS 451.010 (Facilities and services counties may provide 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 attorney’s 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. [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]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Police of­fi­cer duty to report inten­tional line-of-duty collision or other vehicle damage, (2004) Vol 50, No. 8280

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See also annota­tions under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in viola­tion of a motor vehicle statute is neg­li­gent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent per­son under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Cita­tions

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 811—Rules of the Road for Drivers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­811.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 811, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­811ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.