Black Friday is upon us, and the holidays are in full swing! Many retailers are listing their top ten gift items and “must-haves” – but do these must-have items have the potential to save a life?
The attorneys at Allen & Allen often bear witness to strange circumstances that end in accidents. They have plenty of advice for gifts that your loved ones will not only appreciate, but that will keep them safe from harm. Below, we’ve listed some of their top recommendations.
Top gifts recommended by personal injury lawyers
“I had a case where someone stepped off a curb and didn’t see the oncoming car because she was using a regular umbrella. If she had been using a clear umbrella, she would not have gotten run over by a car,” notes attorney Ashley Davis.
Social media is rife with unbelievable dash cam videos, from attempted carjackings in Chile to car accidents in Russia. Many complicated accidents would be open-and-shut cases, had a dash cam been utilized to film the evidence.
Whether it’s installed in your home in case of intruders, or worn as a bracelet for elderly people experiencing an emergency, it’s comforting to know that help can arrive at the press of a button.
Why not treat someone to a little more protection when they’re away from home? No one likes to think about bad things happening on vacation, or while out living their daily lives, but accidents do not discriminate. “I recommend that people increase their car insurance policy limits, and/or add coverage for a rental car,” says attorney Courtney Winston.
Travel survival packs
Californians are trained to keep sneakers in the trunk of their cars, in case “the big one” comes while they are in transit. Earthquakes aside, there are a number of things that could go wrong while in your car. From flat tires on a desolate highway to sliding off the road on an icy mountaintop, preparation is key to staying safe. Simply pack a survival kit and keep it in the trunk of your car, because you can never be too careful.
Some items you can purchase for a loved one include:
- Jumper cables
- Roadside emergency kit w/ flares
- First aid kit
- Emergency blankets
- Bottled water
- Protein bars
- Ice packs
- Multi-battery – One that starts your car and can be used to charge devices
- Warming blanket – much like the shiny ones used after marathons
- Collapsible shovel (snow mud)
- Cell phone charger/cord
- A foldable map (for rural areas without a cell phone signal)
- Electric tire inflator – “My tire inflator has been a lifesaver for me. Helps with pressure changes due to changing temperatures, or if you have a slow leak, it can help you get safely to a repair shop,” says attorney Lee Appleton.
Whatever gift you decide on, know it will be practical, life-saving, and appreciated. Happy holidays!