When the spring and summer seasons are in full swing, it is not uncommon to find people rushing to local and national parks for barbecues, outdoor play and family reunions. . As more and more people start to pile into their vehicles to share in the good times, it is not uncommon for people to opt to ride in the beds of pickup trucks. The question that many people want to know is if it is legal to do so.
And Even if it’s Legal, is it Safe?
Idaho law does not prevent a passenger from riding in the bed of a pickup truck. However, it should be noted that if you chose to do so, you are doing it at your own risk, and the risk of your fellow passengers. Reality is that motor vehicle accidents occur on a regular basis, and the risk of serious injury or death increases if passengers are not following proper safety protocols. The most important of those safety protocols is wearing a seatbelt.
When riding in the bed of a pickup truck, there are no safety belts, so even the slightest bump in the road can cause injury to riders. Harder blows and/or hits from the rear can result in serious injury to riders — even death. Riding in the bed also increases the chances of passengers being thrown from the motor vehicle. The only restriction placed on riders in the bed of pickup trucks apply to younger children and are related to the requirements for car seats. And for those adults who do ride in the back of pickup trucks, you do have some rights if you are in a motor vehicle accident.
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, you may still be entitled to compensation for your injuries incurred while riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Idaho’s comparative responsibility laws, however, can cause you problems. You should get in contact with an experienced attorney like those you will find at Holzer Edwards for a free consultation. We have lawyers who specialize in cases involving accidents with pickup trucks. Contact us today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992.