Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.735
Failure of vehicle occupant to make accident report to Department of Transportation

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A person commits the offense of failure of a vehicle occupant to make an accident report if:


The person is an occupant, other than the driver, of a vehicle at a time when the vehicle is involved in an accident required to be reported under ORS 811.720 (When accident must be reported to Department of Transportation);


The driver of the vehicle is physically incapable of making an accident report required under ORS 811.725 (Driver failure to report accident to Department of Transportation); and


The occupant does not make the accident report or cause the accident report to be made.


This section does not require an occupant of a vehicle who is not a driver to provide proof of compliance with financial responsibility requirements.


The offense described in this section, failure of a vehicle occupant to make an accident report, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §579; 2019 c.312 §14]
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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