Is it legal to ride in the back of a pickup truck in Alaska?

Teenagers riding in the back of a pickup truckRiding in the back of a pickup truck is legal in Alaska, as well as in 19 other states. Unsurprisingly, most of these states contain large swaths of rural land, where driving a truck is a way of life.

Riding in a Truck Bed Is Dangerous

Riding in the back of a pickup truck may be legal in Alaska, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Unfortunately, many people have died in vehicle accidents while riding in a truck bed. The back of a pickup is intended to transport cargo, not people, and the risk of being thrown from the bed of a truck is very high. Since there are no seat belts, there’s nothing to prevent passengers from being ejected from the back, or crushed if the truck rolls over. Rounding a curve or traveling over a bump at high speed can result in serious injuries, and the risk is even greater if you’re involved in an accident while riding in a truck bed.

Truck Bed Safety

Of course, the safest approach is to never ride in an open truck bed. If riding in the back of a truck is unavoidable, safety advocates advise driving slowly and staying off busy highways. Drivers should never speed, and must take care to avoid sudden movements, speed bumps, and potholes. Never stand up while riding in a truck bed.

You Deserve Compensation

If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident on your way to a job site, your employer may be liable for your medical expenses. If you were required to sit in the back of a pickup truck due to a lack of seats, you probably have a case against your company. Employers are obligated to provide adequate safety equipment for all of their employees, including seat belts in company vehicles. To receive the compensation you deserve, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.


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