This Holiday Season: Shop Early. Shop Safely.

Nov 5, 2021 | Allen A. Ritchie

Empty Shelves for the Holidays


There is reportedly going to be less stuff on the shelves this November and December. The advice from many experts is to buy early, or you might not be able to find what you want.

The solution of buying online may not work this year since web-based sellers also cannot get many items. One lawyer friend of mine is predicting that the closer to Christmas we get, increased crowds will cause an unprecedented number of accidents in stores and store parking lots.

At the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie, we see a lot of cases involving people falling at businesses. Referred to as “slip and falls,” these cases can create major medical bills and even death for the victims. My partner, Bill Eiland, is known as a leader in these types of personal injury cases. So, I asked him for some tips that can help keep you safe.

Wear the right shoes.

Expect to be bumped. The increase in people makes this almost inevitable. It would be best if you had shoes with good traction and preferably a low heel. Also, the traction on the shoe will help if you walk through a liquid. Your foot hitting something wet is where the fall of “slip and fall” comes in.

Trust the hazard signs.

Your first thought should be that the signs are correct, and they are warning you of something. Don’t feel that the signage does not apply to you.

Take your time pulling out of a parking space.

The increased number of vehicles and pedestrians makes hitting someone or something more likely. Go slowly. Remember, the other car or shopper may not even see you.

I am glad to say that a friend of mine is taking my “shop early” advice. He just bought a kid-sized Batman car for his grandson. Now, where he will hide that thing for 2 months is going to be a challenge.

If you suffer a personal injury like an auto/truck accident, railroad accident, or slip and fall, you can talk to us at the Law Firm of Eiland and Ritchie for free. We want to help you get back on your feet.

Join us on NBC 15 LawCall here in Mobile every Sunday night at 10:30, right after the news. We are taking a fall break and will offer 5-minute segments for the rest of the year and a live call-in segment every Monday on NBC 15 at around lunchtime.

Allen Ritchie

Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer