A tragic California skydiving accident has raised many question concerning the safety of the adventure activity. According to reports the sky diving instructor involved in the accident was not certified by the United States Parachute Association, leading many to wonder how closely skydiving is regulated. The deadly accident killed the instructor - a 25-year-old man - and an 18-year-old man who was in a tandem jump with the instructor.
Alhtough the accident remains under investigation, initial reports indicate that the shared parachute did not open. Statics provided by the U.S. Parachute Association indicate that more than 3 million people skydive across the United States each year. In 2015, 21 fatalities occurred.
Whether all proper safety precautions were followed will be examined over the next several weeks. While it may be impossible to eliminate all dangers from adventure sports such as skydiving, the failure to follow standard procedures may be considered negligent, or reckless, conduct.
For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries in any type of advenutre activity, please contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.