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How to Report a Car Accident in Oregon and Washington

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Whether it’s a fender bender or a more serious accident, being involved in a car accident can be an unexpected stress in your life. After the accident, there are some important details that you should know about filing the accident report. Here are the must-knows for Oregon and Washington drivers.

Reporting A Car Accident In Oregon

If you are involved in an Oregon accident, you’re required to file a report to Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services (the DMV) within 72 hours when:

  • A vehicle is towed from the accident scene
  • If the damage to the vehicle is over $2,500
  • If injury or death resulted from the accident
  • Damages to property other than the vehicle involved is over $2,500

It’s important to note that if you do not file a report, your license will be suspended. Furthermore, the DMV will not accept a police report in exchange for an accident report. An accident report is mandatory.

If you were in an accident and damages were not $2,500 or more, you can report it to DMV if the other party doesn’t have insurance. Be sure to indicate that the report will not meet mandatory reporting criteria.

Reporting A Car Accident In Washington

In the state of Washington, you are not required to file an accident report if it has been investigated by a police officer that has already filed a report. However, if you want to file a report on your own or if you disagree with the details that have been reported by law enforcement, you can file a report within four days of the accident. This will need to be filed with the Washington State Patrol in Olympia. Be sure to keep a copy of the report for your own reference.

Our team at McCollum Auto Body knows that accidents can be stressful. It is our goal to ease the stress and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We will guide you through what repairs need to be made on your vehicle and will provide a loaner car while your car is being serviced.

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, we can help! Contact us today for more information.

In the meantime, be sure to take a look at our Ultimate Car Accident Checklist.