Anytime a passenger in a motor vehicle wreck is injured, it is through no fault of their own. As a passenger they literally have no control over their own safety, and they put their faith – their life – in the hands of the person driving the vehicle. If that driver’s negligence then ends up causing a wreck, the injured passenger is legally entitled to make a claim against them for compensation related to medical expenses and other damages.
Injuries sustained in any auto collision have the potential to be extremely severe and even life-threatening. However, the risk of sustaining serious injuries as a passenger in a pickup crash are even higher considering that pickups generally have a much lower safety rating than an average passenger car, and also have a high propensity to rollover.
As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that some of the most common causes of pickup accidents where the driver of the pickup was at-fault include speeding, texting while driving, driving while intoxicated, and other reckless behavior.
One issue concerning the safety of passengers which is specific to pickup wrecks is that of passengers injured while riding in the back of the pickup truck. Although it is legal in Texas for people over the age of 18 to ride in a pickup’s bed, that does not necessarily mean that it is recommended or even safe to do so.
Passengers riding in the bed of a pickup are unprotected and unrestrained. If the truck brakes sharply, goes around a sharp corner, or even drives over a pothole in the road, then the passengers riding back there might get thrown out of the bed and suffer very serious injuries.
Although any adult passenger riding in the back of a pickup has made the decision themselves to do so, the driver of the pickup can be sued if they were at-fault for the accident occurring. This includes instances where the passenger and the driver were married or relatives. Obviously, in the event of a multi-vehicle crash where another driver was to blame, the personal injury or wrongful death claim would be against them instead.
If you or someone you love has been injured while riding in the back of a pickup, it is important that you seek a free, no obligation consultation with a board certified auto accident attorney who can inform you of your legal rights. If a passenger suffers a serious injury due to the negligence of a driver, they are probably entitled to make a claim for damages – regardless of who the driver was.
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