What To Do
If you have been injured in a car, bicycle, motorcycle or auto accident you need to take the following steps to preserve your claim.
1) Seek immediate medical attention
2) Report the accident to the police and the DMV
This is the link for the Orgon ODOT form to report your auto accident:
If you are involved in an accident in Oregon, you must file this accident report form with Oregon DMV within 72 hours when damage to your vehicle is over $1500, damage to any vehicle is over $1500 and any vehicle is towed from the accident because of damages resulting from the accident, when injury and or death resulted in the auto accident or when damages to any of the party's property involved in the car accident is over $1500.
» This DMV page has good general information on the laws for Oregon auto accidents and is where they will have the most current up to date requirements and contact information for you.
A complete list of the Oregon DMV responsibilities if you are involved in an accident are also available.
3) Gather the other driver’s contact and insurance information.
4) Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
5) DO NOT GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT TO THE OTHER DRIVER’S INSURANCE COMPANY UNTIL YOU HAVE CONSULTED WITH AN EXPERIENCED OREGON CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY.
6) Contact your insurance company and make a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim.
All Oregon auto insurance policies have no fault PIP coverage for your medical expenses.
You need to contact your insurance company ASAP to make sure then start paying your medical bills right away.
If you incur lost wages as a result of your injuries, your PIP insurance may also pay a portion of your lost wages.
7) Document your lost wages and any other expenses you incur.