Imagine driving along, listening to the music on your radio, and all of a sudden you hear a thud and your car jumps a bit. You didn’t see anything in the road, so you simply keep driving. Anyone who has been in a car accident, however severe, knows it can be stressful and overwhelming, making it difficult to know what to do. In many cases, an accident will clearly involve another car or object, but there are other situations where you’re not sure if you hit something or not. Should you keep going and forget about it? Should you stop and investigate? What should you do if you do find that you hit an animal or even a person?
In a news release from the Oregon Department of Transportation, a new law will clarify your responsibility in this situation. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2019 and includes information about what to do if you think you hit someone or something. The new law will require you to stop your car and investigate the area if you think that you have hit something. It will also require you to call 911 if you learn later that you did hit someone or something that results in an injury or fatality.