Skydiving can be the thrill of a lifetime for some, while others cower in fear for the thousandfold dangers it can bring. If you’re a daredevil who longs for the rush of falling from the sky, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before strapping your parachute on.
Though you may imagine skydiving accidents involving faulty parachutes that fail to open, most injuries are caused by lack of preparation, training, and not following proper procedure. For example, someone could become seriously hurt if they don’t know how to control their free-fall and become tangled in their parachute.
Most skydiving companies make their clients sign a disclaimer form for this very purpose, so make sure you’ve learned the proper procedures and don’t attempt anything above your skill level.
Sometimes the equipment used can lead to injury or death, especially if it is worn, defective or not packed correctly. Though this is less common than becoming injured from lack of experience, it is still known to happen.
Back and bone injuries
Your entire body is put at a lot of risk while skydiving. Landing too hard or fast can put a lot of pressure on your bones, and could cause lasting back and spinal problems including paralysis. Other accidents can result in chronic back pain and broken bones. Though these are less serious, they are still very painful and disruptive.
Skydiving can also result in serious damage to your brain. Due to the fact you would be freefalling at about 120 MPH you could hit your head on objects and the ground as you land.
Imagine landing in a lake by accident with a parachute entangled around your body making it impossible to swim. It isn’t common for skydivers to wear life jackets as usually they want to land on dry ground, however accidental water landings can lead to serious injury or death.
If you are a thrill seeker and can’t wait to experience skydiving, please make sure you are properly trained and feel comfortable with your equipment. Accident Advice Helpline is here if you need to make a personal injury claim due to a skydiving accident. Our friendly advisers are here to help 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: March 12, 2014
Author: David Brown