Summertime Travel and Road Safety in North and South Carolina: Stay Safe with STAY CALM

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, North and South Carolina comes alive with the spirit of summer. From the sandy shores of the Outer Banks and Charleston to the scenic drives through the Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s no shortage of breathtaking destinations to explore. However, with the increase in travel during the summer months comes a spike in vehicle and motorcycle accidents. Staying vigilant and informed on the roads is more important than ever.

In North Carolina alone, the number of vehicle crashes sees a noticeable uptick during the summer months. According to recent data, the state experienced a significant increase in traffic accidents in 2023, with over 1,500 accidents reported during the summer alone. These incidents often result in serious injuries and fatalities, emphasizing the need for caution and preparedness while traveling.

To support the community and ensure that drivers and riders are equipped to handle accidents, The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor has developed a proprietary acronym: STAY CALM. This step-by-step safety protocol outlines the crucial actions to take if you find yourself involved in an accident.

STAY CALM: A Step-by-Step Safety Protocol

S – Stay calm and check on everyone:

In the aftermath of an accident, it’s vital to remain composed. Assess the condition of yourself and others involved to determine the immediate need for medical attention.

T – Telephone the police:

Contact emergency services right away. Inform the dispatcher of the accident’s location and any injuries sustained.

A – Avoid another collision, clear the traffic:

If it’s safe to do so, move vehicles out of the traffic flow to prevent further accidents. Use hazard lights and warning devices to alert other drivers.

Y – Your witnesses. Get their names and numbers:

Witnesses can provide valuable information for insurance and legal purposes. Collect their contact details for future reference.

C – Camera, take pictures of the scene:

Document the accident scene thoroughly. Capture images of vehicle positions, damages, road conditions, and any visible injuries.

A – Aches and pain, get medical attention & make sure to give details:

Even if injuries seem minor, seek medical attention promptly. Be detailed about your symptoms and any pain experienced, as this documentation can be crucial for legal claims.

L – Lawyer. Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer before talking with any insurance company:

Before engaging with insurance companies, consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and to navigate the legal complexities.

M – Make detailed notes daily. You won’t remember them all later:

Keep a daily log of your physical and emotional condition, medical treatments, and any conversations related to the accident. These notes can help in valuing your case. 

Travel Safe This Summer

As you embark on your summertime adventures, remember to prioritize safety on the roads. By following the STAY CALM protocol, you can be better prepared in the unfortunate event of an accident. The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor is here to support you, offering expert legal guidance to protect your rights and help you navigate the aftermath of an accident.

To keep our S.T.A.Y C.A.L.M tips close for when you might need them in the event of an accident, please feel free to print off our handy flyer and keep in your glovebox for easy access. If you have any questions in the event you are in an accident, please contact us at 1-800-351-3008.


Enjoy your summer travels and remember to stay safe and vigilant on the roads.


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