Many people enjoy the thrill of riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Unfortunately, as fun as it may be, it’s also dangerous.
While 30 states, including Florida, have at least some legislation regarding passengers riding in the beds of trucks, some don’t. In fact, there are 20 states that have no laws against riding in the bed of a truck. This has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands more injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a truck bed accident, you should consult with one of the personal injury attorneys at Heintz & Becker as soon as possible. This is because truck bed injury and death cases can get complicated quickly.
While the person driving the truck may not be at-fault for the accident, they could be held liable for putting someone in danger by allowing them to ride in the bed in the first place. However, the insurance company may claim the individual riding in the truck made that decision on their own and is responsible for their own injuries.
Florida has some legislation regarding who can and can’t ride in a truck bed. Florida law states that it is illegal for minors under the age of 18 to ride in a truck bed unless they are restrained in a seat.
Unfortunately, riding in the bed of a truck isn’t banned entirely. Anyone over the age of 18 can ride in a truck bed and children can too if they are accompanied by an adult in an emergency medical situation. Violation of the truck bed law will result in a citation for a non-moving violation.
Truck beds are dangerous for many reasons. They were never designed to carry passengers and aren’t built to provide any protection. Reasons truck beds are dangerous include:
Even if the driver of the truck is being careful or driving slowly, accidents can happen. Your only hope of surviving an accident while riding in the bed of a truck is to hold on to the edge of the bed for dear life.
If you aren’t convinced about the danger of riding in a truck bed, consider the following facts:
There are a variety of injuries that can occur from being thrown out of a truck bed, from minor scrapes and bruises to death. Below are some of the devastating injuries that can happen to truck bed passengers:
Whether you can file a lawsuit in a truck bed accident depends on the details of the incident. One thing is certain; you don’t want to take on a case like this by yourself. Our lawyers can evaluate your case and fight to recover compensation for your damages. If you or a loved on has been injured or killed while riding in the bed of a truck, call Heintz & Becker at 941-748-2916 to schedule your free consultation.