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Traffic Week (Oregon): Do I Have to Tell My Parents About My Traffic Accident?

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Before getting to the Traffic Law Question of the Day, “If I get a ticket (or get in an accident), do I have to tell my parents/guardian?”, here are some:

Words of Wisdom to Parents of New Drivers: If you can in any way afford it, hire a professional to teach your teenager (or any loved one just learning) to drive.

Note: Do you think you can’t afford driving lessons? Wouldn’t you be willing to give up something, anything, to save your child’s life – or someone else’s child’s life? Yes, you can give up $500 worth of fancy, fattening coffee drinks and other Not Good for You treats for a couple months – and possibly save a life while you’re at it. Regular coffee tastes just fine and in fact it will taste even better knowing what you did with the money you saved.

On to the Traffic Law Question of the Day:

“If I get a ticket or get in an accident, do I have to tell my parents/guardian?”

Answer: It depends (of course!) on age, driving license status, legal status, car ownership, insurance status, parental stability and maturity, etc.

Start with these to look for an answer to your specific question:

1) Oregon DMV has a Teen Driving website and a Teen Driving FAQ.

2) Accident reporting and Your Responsibilities in and Accident and the DMV’s How Do I …? website.

3) See the Parental Consent website, which you can link to from the Teen Driving website.

4) If in doubt, please consult an attorney: Teenagers: The Oregon State Bar has free consultations with and attorney for teens, ages 13 to 17. Contact them, the Problem Solvers, at the Oregon State Bar (OSB) website.

5) Parents, if you need a lawyer, call the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Information and Referral Service.

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