In the United States, riding in the back of pickup truck, specifically passengers traveling in the truck bed or cargo area, is restricted to some extent. To ride in the back of a pickup truck may be a common practice, particularly in more rural areas where pickup trucks are used as the main source of transportation. However, there are certain laws in place that restrict or completely do not allow people to ride in a truck bed. On the other hand, there are states which do not have any laws regarding the legality riding in the back of pickup truck beds.
It is important be aware of the applicable State laws in order to avoid any traffic violations. Furthermore, states that may impose certain restrictions do not necessary ban the practice of riding in a truck bed, but impose certain circumstances in which it is allowed. For example, in Arkansas employees that are on duty are allowed to ride in the back of pickup truck beds. In California, there are situations in which it is allowed, such as during a parade or emergency situations.