Wojciech Aleszewicz, 29, a British skydiver was killed after he suffered serious personal injury in a skydiving accident in Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, on September 18, 2009. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, Aleszewicz collided midair with another skydiver shortly after they started their jump. He fell 200 to 300 feet hitting the ground at the east end of Skylark Airport. It is not yet known whether Aleszewicz’s parachute failed during his descent. The other skydiver who was involved in the collision escaped with minor injuries and wasn’t identified.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Wojciech Aleszewicz for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved this young man. Please keep them in your prayers.

Skydiving Accident Statistics

Skydiving deaths are relatively uncommon in the United States. According to the U.S. Parachute Association, its members held 2.2 million jumps in 2007 and 18 deaths occurred nationwide. Still, skydiving is an extremely risky activity and all skydivers know the dangers and risks involved. All skydiving facilities require participants – be it seasoned skydivers or novices – to sign waivers before they can go skydiving.

The most common problems that occur while skydiving are parachutes not opening and midair collisions between divers. In some cases, the skydiving facilities provide the equipment. But many skydivers, especially the seasoned ones, bring their own. Skydiving accidents can also happen because of jumper error, especially when they fail to respond correctly or quickly to an emergency situation, which could cause the fatal outcome.

Skydiving Accident Liability Issues

When it comes to skydiving accidents, there are several issues to investigate. Was the accident caused as a result of equipment failure that occurred because of a defective product? Was there any negligence on the part of the skydiving company or operator? As personal injury lawyers who represent victims of skydiving accidents, we also look into the legality and the fairness of the waiver/release that was signed before the victim made the jump. Each case must be examined independently and completely to assess whether there was any negligence or wrongdoing involved.

If the accident was caused by a product defect, then the injured victim or the deceased victim’s family may have a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of that defective product. An experienced California personal injury lawyer familiar with skydiving and parachute product issues will be able to analyze all aspects of a skydiving accident case and make sure the victim (and their family’s) legal rights are protected.

This article was authored by personal injury attorney Steven Meeks of BISNAR | CHASE. Mr. Meeks is the attorney who handles skydiving and parachute defect cases on the BISNAR | CHASE litigation team.

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