Owning a car in the Beaver State also means having a certain amount of responsibility. Automobile accidents are unfortunately common and oftentimes lead to damages that need to be repaired. If an Oregon vehicle owner is responsible for a crash they must be able to pay for many of the resulting damages or injuries. To ensure that all motorists can accomplish this if necessary, state law ORS 806.010 requires all drivers to insure their automobiles with policies that include bodily injury and property damage liability, as well as personal injury protection and uninsured motorist coverage. Breaking these laws could result in a variety of consequences, including the suspension of one’s license.
When state legislature declares that it is illegal to drive without a vehicle protection plan they are entirely serious. Drivers in the Beaver State must be able to prove that they have purchased Oregon auto insurance every time they register an automobile, and certify that the state’s financial responsibility requirements will be met as long as there is a vehicle registered in the resident’s name. If caught without coverage a motorist may have their license suspended in addition to various fines and court costs. If an individual is involved in an automobile accident while uninsured they may have their license suspended for an entire year and be forced to file an SR-22 with the DMV for a total of three years in order to have driving privileges returned.
Driving Without Oregon Auto Insurance
Uninsured motorists that are required to file an SR-22 in order to have their license reinstated may face numerous difficulties. This document is considered proof of future responsibility and can typically be obtained from an insurer that is licensed to do business in Oregon. Once an SR-22 is obtained, state law requires that a motorist keep it for three years from the ending date of their license suspension that required the document. Coverage that is obtained in this fashion may be more expensive because insurers typically take an individual’s driving record into consideration when determining rates. If a company sees that a motorist has a history of driving while uninsured they may consider the driver to be at a higher risk, which may result in higher premium prices. Apart from these potential consequences, vehicle owners may want to avoid driving without coverage simply because of the possible financial toll that can come from being involved in an accident.
According to the 2010 Oregon Traffic Crash Summary the number of automobile accidents in the Beaver State are on the rise. This data shows that crashes rose 6.84 percent in a year, resulting in 44,094 accidents, the most common of which were rear-end collisions. If an uninsured individual is involved in one of these incidents they may be unable to pay for the resulting damages. Even if a resident does not have insurance, they still must obey state financial responsibility laws and pay for any resulting injuries or property damages if at-fault. This could mean that a vehicle owner could end up paying these expenses entirely out-of-pocket, which has the potential to be financially devastating. This economic toll, followed by the suspension of one’s driving privileges can be a helpful motivator for residents considering whether or not to purchase a policy.