Is riding in the back of a pickup truck legal in Florida?

On Thursday morning, all lanes of southbound traffic on Dale Mabry in Tampa were closed due to a deadly crash, according to ABC Action News.

An 18-year-old man died after he was ejected from the back of a pick-up truck that lost control while it was traveling northbound. Then a second vehicle hit the teenager. Another person in the back of the pick-up truck was critically injured.

Florida law states that “it is unlawful for any operator of a pickup truck or flatbed truck to permit a minor child who has not attained 18 years of age to ride . . . within the open body of a pickup truck or flatbed truck . . . to prevent the passenger from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the truck.”

Even though Florida law allows persons 18 years old and older to ride in the back of a pickup truck, this does not make riding in the back of a pickup truck wise or safe.

This accident also is a reminder of the simple facts that we must all use our common sense when driving on our highways and that we should all take certain precautions with our passengers.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner compassion is with all of those involved in this wreck on Thursday, and especially with the family and friends of the young man who died.

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MICHAEL S. STEINGER, founding partner of Steinger, Greene & Feiner, believes in representing real people, not big businesses. Since the firm’s creation in 1997, Steinger, Greene & Feiner has never represented an insurance company or large corporation, and he vows to keep this promise. Over the course of his career, Michael has handled thousands of Florida accident cases, recovering millions of dollars for his clients and earning him membership into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Staying up-to-date on the ever-evolving laws protecting injury victims and their families, Michael is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Bar Associations, and sits on the Auto Insurance Committee of the Florida Justice Association.