Skydiving fatalities average 1 in 101,083 jumps.
Bungee jumping fatalities average 1 in 500,000 jumps.
To put that in perspective, the odds of being struck by lightning sometime in your lifetime are 1 in 10,000; that's 10 times greater then that chance of dying in a skydiving accident, and about 50 times greater than the chance of dying in a bungee jumping accident.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, risk with bungee jumping is only sporadically reported in the literature, most often in connection with eye injuries, but also rare events of serious, life-threatening injuries and even death.
Estimated risk in BASE jumping for any injury (independent of severity grade) is 0.4-0.5%, which as 5- to 8-fold higher than skydiving. Notably, differences in training and environmental locations exist between recreational skydiving and BASE jumping. As BASE jumps are made from lower altitudes than skydives, jumpers generally fall at lower speeds, have far less aerodynamic control, and may lose flying stability. Yet, typical injuries include a bruised or sprained ankle during landing. Protective gear including helmet and pads may help to prevent such injuries, while more complex knowledge of human factors, environment and training are needed to prevent fatal injuries.
See number of deaths for leading causes of death at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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