Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 9:50 pm
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, two men were able to escape serious injury after colliding mid-air into each other during a free fall in Whitewright, Texas.
This accident occurred at Skydive Spaceland Dallas in Whitewright, which is located about 65 miles northeast of Dallas. According to Skydive Spaceland Dallas spokeswoman Christy West, the two men involved were licensed skydivers who had already made six jumps together prior to the collision. However, for an unknown reason, on their seventh jump, they crashed into each other mid-air. One of the jumpers was uninjured, but the other landed unconscious under his backup parachute.
Luckily, the jumper was awake and alert when the paramedics arrived, and though he did not sustain any major injury, he was airlifted to Medical City Plano as a precaution.
It is great to hear that no one was seriously injured in this accident. Unfortunately, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Accidents that happen during skydiving are not really common in the United States. In fact, according to the United States Parachuting Association (USPA), about 3.3 million jumps occurred in 2018, and yet in that number, there were only 13 fatalities — that’s the lowest number in the sport’s history.
However, when accidents do happen, they can be incredibly dangerous. After all, despite the low number of fatalities, a lot of things can still go wrong during skydiving. Some of these possible problems include parachute pins, cables, and straps not properly connected, wind speed and gusts not in acceptable range, the airplane losing an engine or wing or colliding with another plane, oxygen problems (hypoxia) in high flights, parachute opening in the plane, malfunctioned parachute not cutting away properly, landing on obstacle (tree, rock, power line, etc.), landing too fast or too hard, or colliding with another jumper or plane or mountain hidden behind a cloud. When these errors do happen, the injuries that the skydiver(s) might sustain are most likely serious or fatal, with some common injuries being broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and of course death.
Skydiving accidents are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in skydiving accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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