In Oregon, it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident without providing contact information, a driver’s license number, and insurance information to the other party or parties to the accident. If the accident is minor, the offense is a misdemeanor. If there is substantial injury to another party, the offense is a felony.
There are many different aspects to a Hit & Run case. Your criminal liability for leaving the scene of the accident is separate from your civil liability for the accident itself. Even if you were not at fault in the accident, you can be charged with Hit & Run for leaving without providing your contact and insurance information. The other party’s attempt to gain compensation for damage to a vehicle or injury to people in the vehicle will impact the progress of a hit and run case.
Always provide your contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance information to other parties in an accident. If you fail to do so, and you are charged with Hit and Run, contact an experienced criminal law attorney to discuss the details of your legal defense before you make any admissions to the police, to the other party, or to the attorney of another party in the accident.