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How does the fatality rate in skydiving compare to other common activities? Since most adults in America drive cars , let's compare skydiving to driving. Roughly 34,000 people died in 2012 in traffic accidents in the United States ref . If you drive 10,000 miles per year, your chance of dying in a car wreck in any given year is something like 1 in 6,000. In other words, we accept a higher level of risk by getting into our cars every day than people do by occasionally skydiving. The fatality rate for skydiving is per 1,000 jumps, according to the . Parachute Association.