Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.060
Vehicular assault

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For the purposes of this section, “recklessly” has the meaning given that term in ORS 161.085 (Definitions with respect to culpability).


A person commits the offense of vehicular assault if:


The person recklessly operates a vehicle upon a highway in a manner that results in contact between the person’s vehicle and:


A bicycle operated by a person;


A person operating a bicycle;


A motorcycle operated by a person;


A person operating a motorcycle;


A passenger on a motorcycle; or


A pedestrian; and


The contact causes physical injury to the person operating a bicycle, the person operating a motorcycle, the passenger on a motorcycle or the pedestrian.


The offense described in this section, vehicular assault, is a Class A misdemeanor. [2001 c.635 §5; 2017 c.388 §1]
Chapter 811

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)


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Jun. 26, 2021