While statistic show that archery is one of the safest sports, far safer than baseball, football, and even soccer, target archery still has the potential to cause injury and death. This is particularly true when the simple and easy-to-understand rules are not followed. A few pictures have come through the internet, and they are displayed here as an encouragement to all, to be as careful as possible.
It is important to always inspect your gear, before you use it and WHILE you are using it. Especially arrows! Check this great article on inspections by Tom Barker.
Here are some examples of failed and injured arrows: (if you click on a thumbnail, you'll need to use your "back" key in your browser, such as your backspace key, to return)
The series below show what happens when the archer uses an arrow that is too short, such that the arrow is overdrawn, falls off of the rest, and then is loosed. Every NAA level 1 instructor is taught how to avoid this but not everyone has the benefit of such an instructor or coach.
These photos below are the result of a carbon arrow shattering/breaking. Archers must always inspect their arrows (and bow and other/all gear) at appropriate times, such as first taking them out of bowcase, and after every end.
Below is another example of the rules not being observed - hunting archery calls for even more diligence than target archery by its very nature.
Errant arrow pierces man's head