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Skydiving & Paragliding Accidents

Skydiving and Paragliding Accidents and Injuries

Adrenaline junkies are at the mercy of the equipment and training they receive for their high flying excursions. When the equipment is faulty or the training is inadequate, the results are often deadly. Instructors, equipment manufacturers, employees, and recreation companies may be legally responsible for accidents that occur when a skydiver or paraglider uses their services.

WHO CAN BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR SKYDIVING AND PARAGLIDING ACCIDENTS?

Most fatal skydiving accidents are a result of human error. When it is the instructor or pilot who makes a grossly negligent error, your life could be put at risk. If injury or death occurs due to the gross negligence of a skydiving company, plane pilot, or skydiving instructor, they may be held liable.

Although skydivers are required to sign waivers before partaking in a jump, an act of gross negligence has the potential to void contents of the waiver. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has the knowledge to determine the legality of a waiver and find out if you may be entitled to compensation.

COMMON SKYDIVING AND PARAGLIDING INJURIES

Because of the dangerous nature of aerial sports, injuries from skydiving and paragliding accidents are almost always serious and are often fatal. Common injuries sustained in a skydiving or paragliding accident include:

FATAL SKYDIVING ACCIDENT STATISTICS

Several million skydives are taken annually in the United States. In 2015, there were an estimated 3.5 million jumps. In the same year, there were 21 skydiving fatalities. Here are additional statistics from the United States Parachute Association (USPA) regarding skydiving fatalities:

  • 2015 — an estimated 3.5 million jumps
    • Fatalities — 21 (0.0061 fatalities per 1,000 jumps)
  • 2014  3.2 million jumps
    • Fatalities — 24 (0.0075 fatalities per 1,000 jumps)
  • 2013  3.2 million jumps
    • Fatalities — 24 (0.0075 fatalities per 1,000 jumps)
  • 2012  3.1 million jumps
    • Fatalities — 19 (0.0061 fatalities per 1,000 jumps)
  • 2011  3.1 million jumps
    • Fatalities — 25 (o.oo81 fatalities per 1,000 jumps)

Among USPA members, in 2015, there were an estimated additional 1,920 injuries from skydiving that required medical treatment — about one injury per 1,806 skydives.

COMMON CAUSES OF SKYDIVING AND PARACHUTING ACCIDENTS

One aspect that many aviation-related accidents, including skydiving, have in common is that the victims were often experienced. These fatal accidents were most often caused by:

  • Product defects
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Improper packing
  • Cord defects
  • Harness failure
  • Defective steering handles
COMMON CAUSES OF PARASAILING AND PARAGLIDING ACCIDENTS

Parasailing and paragliding accidents are different from skydiving and parachuting accidents in that the passengers are often inexperienced and the sport is not regulated at the federal, state, or county level. They count on operators, instructors, boat drivers, and other officials to guide them in their sailing/gliding excursions. When these trained officials fail to properly do their job, the results can be devastating for victims. Common causes of accidents include:

  • Faulty/worn equipment
  • Bad weather
  • Poor training
  • Improper maintenance of boats

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