Because pickup truck beds are designed to store cargo, not people, there are no seat belts, meaning that minor bumps or swerves can be fatal. In fact, according to the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, most non-collision deaths in a pickup truck are caused by swerving, braking or rough roads ordinary road conditions and occurrences that would not be dangerous if passengers were properly restrained.
In the event of sudden braking, riding in the bed of a pickup truck significantly increases the risk a passenger will be ejected, turning a minor non-life threatening accident into a fatal collision. Even at slower speeds, falling out of a pick up truck can be deadly.
According to the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, children in covered pickup beds can be exposed to carbon monoxide, a toxic chemical that can cause headaches, vertigo, depression and even death.
So remember, people are not cargo. Buckle up, every time and every trip.