Preventing Major Injuries
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Preventing Major Injuries


Ambulances at hospital ERWe all know people who have had an accident and ended up in the hospital: The student bicycling to school who doesn’t notice the pothole and goes flying over the handle bars. Your friend who jumped in the car for a quick trip to a nearby grocery store and was hit by a distracted driver. While many accidents are unpredictable, the difference between suffering a minor inconvenience or a major injury is often one of prevention.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System wants to help you identify preventive behaviors that can reduce the risk of injury, hospitalization or death for you, your family and friends.


Seat Belt Safety

photo woman smiling wearing seat belt 
Prevention works. Seat belts have saved an estimated 255,000 lives between 1975 and 2008, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Buckling up is the most important way to protect yourself in a crash and can reduce your risk of injury by 50%. Learn More poster


Bicycle Helmets

Child wearing bike helmet while riding a bike


Bicycling on our beautiful Central Coast roads and trails is a popular way to exercise and have fun. With a multitude of bicycle helmet styles and colors to choose from, you can select a helmet the reflects your individual style and protects your head at the same time. Learn More


Infant & Child Car Seat

Photo of a sleeping baby buckled into a car seat.


We often think that the safest place for our new baby is cradled in our arms. And being held is wonderful for babies, but not while riding in a car. In a car accident, a baby under one year old who is in a rear facing, properly installed and fastened infant car seat, is 71 percent less likely to die. A child between one and four-years old, in the proper car seat in an car accident, has a 50 percent lower chance of dying than the same child who is not secured in a car seat.

From your baby’s very first car ride, secure him or her in an infant car seat. Learn More