The zog consumerist culture being shoved down everyone's throats has resulted in a shit ton of melancholic dopamine deprived existential millenials seeking "experiences" rather than the conventional bars, movies, shopping, etc... and paragliding is very appealing for obvious reasons. skydiving, hanggliding, etc... are all growing too. more people, many of them young and new, are going to result in more accidents.
by the way, most of the pacific northwest is dogshit for paragliding. you have far less consistent winds, more seasonal variation, and the terrain itself is generally unforgiving since there are so many damn trees. tiger mountain in seattle is a JOKE of a paragliding operation. california, mexico, spain, colombia, chile, etc... this is where the real paragliders are training and growing