Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.730
Owner failure to report accident to Department of Transportation

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The owner of a vehicle commits the offense of owner failure to report an accident if the owner does any of the following:


If the person owns a vehicle that is involved in an accident that is required to be reported under ORS 811.720 (When accident must be reported to Department of Transportation) and all of the following apply:


The accident occurred while the vehicle was driven by someone other than the owner of the vehicle.


The driver of the vehicle does not make an accident report as required under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation).


The owner of the vehicle fails to report the accident to the Department of Transportation in a form specified by the department as soon as the owner learns of the accident.


If the person is the owner of a vehicle involved in an accident and the person does not make any additional reports the department may require.


The offense described in this section, owner failure to report an accident, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §578; 1985 c.393 §37; 1993 c.751 §68]
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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