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Post-Accident Federal DOT Testing

What to Do When Your Employee Is Involved in an Accident

If you are an employer under one of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) six safety-sensitive agencies (FAA, FMCSA, FTA, USCG, PHMSA, FRA), it's crucial that you conduct a drug and/or alcohol test after your employee is involved in an accident. Post-accident federal DOT testing is designed to determine if drug and/or alcohol use by your employee was the cause of the accident and if so, allow you to take the necessary next steps.

FastestLabs® offers fast, accurate post-accident federal DOT drug and alcohol testing services, both in our state-of-the-art laboratories as well as in our mobile, on-site testing facilities. If your commercial driver's license (CDL) carrying employee was involved in an accident during the course of his or her work, we can help you follow DOT regulations and avoid interruptions to your daily operations.

How Does the Post-Accident Testing Procedure Work?

First and foremost, the circumstances surrounding the accident will determine whether or not you need to conduct post-accident federal DOT testing.

In order to remain DOT-compliant, you must carry out post-accident testing if any of the following are true:

  • The accident resulted in the need for medical attention by any individual involved
  • The accident resulted in a fatality of any involved individual
  • The driver was cited for a moving violation as a result of the accident
  • Any vehicle involved in the accident could not leave of its own volition

If any of the above is true, you will need to conduct post-accident federal DOT testing. The FMCSA requires post-accident alcohol testing to take place within 8 hours after the incident, and all post-accident drug tests must take place within 32 hours.

How We Can Help

Post-accident drug and alcohol testing are designed to discourage CDL holding employees from operating commercial vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, keep other drivers and passengers safe, and limit employer liability in the event of an accident. Fastest Labs can help you protect your business with comprehensive post-accident testing services, including urine and breath alcohol tests. In addition to post-accident testing, we provide comprehensive federal DOT services, including policy creation, implementation, and ongoing management.

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