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San Diego County ATV Crash Kills 12-year-old Boy


A 12-year-old boy who died after losing control of an all-terrain vehicle and crashing into a wall in National City has been identified as Julio Lizarraga of San Diego. According to this news report, Julio was riding an ATV the afternoon of February 21, 2009 when he lost control and crashed into a wall. No other details such as the make or brand of the ATV were available. Julio apparently lived with his mother in the Encanto area, but it is not clear whether he was supervised or with friends at the time of the ATV accident. According to the San Bernardino County Medical Examiner’s office, Julio died at an area hospital from multiple blunt force injuries.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of young Julio Lizarraga for their tragic loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this boy. Please keep them in your prayers.

There are several unanswered questions here? What type of all-terrain vehicle was Julio riding? It appears that he was the driver, but was he wearing safety gear, specifically a helmet? How did he lose control of the ATV? Was there an adult supervising him? Was he left in the care of an adult? The answers to these questions will help determine what caused this tragic San Bernardino ATV accident.

Statistics show hundreds of young people, especially teens or pre-teens are injured, maimed or killed every year in the United States as a result of ATV accidents. According to a recent study performed by Dr. Gary Smith of the Children’s Hospital in Ohio, more than 136,000 people nationwide go to emergency rooms each year as a result of ATV accident related injuries. One-third of these incidents usually involve children who are 16 years old or younger.

The sad fact here is that ATVs are not vehicles designed for children. These are vehicles that can reach speeds of more than 100 mph. Parents must watch out for ATVs that have design defects and are extremely dangerous. These vehicles are top-heavy and tend to tip over even at low speeds. ATVs are dangerous especially in the hands of an inexperienced rider. Please keep your children off ATVs. If you believe your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective ATV, please contact the best San Bernardino personal injury attorney to find out about your legal rights and options. A skilled California product defect lawyer will be able to determine whether a design defect or manufacturing defect caused the accident.

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