Fans were shocked and family was devastated after veteran sportsman racer, Randy Alexander was involved in a crash this past Saturday at the Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, GA. According to NBC Sports, Alexander had just crossed over the finish line at 160 mph in the first round of eliminations in the sportsman class when his vehicle veered into the lane of another driver. Alexander was diving his 1963 Corvette when it abruptly veered off to the left into competitor Bob Mandell III’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.
The source highlighted that Mandell did attempt to avoid Alexander’s car, but he was unable to do so. Corvette struck the Chevrolet broadside on the driver’s side while traveling at speeds close to 200 mph. As a result of the impact, Alexander’s vehicle flipped and landed on a retaining wall located 150 feet down the track from the finish line. The race was stopped for nearly an hour while rescue workers with the NHRA extricated Alexander from his race car. He was transported to a local hospital but died from the severe injuries he had sustained.
 
Mandell did not suffer any injuries in the accident.
 
The NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) later issued a statement regarding the incident saying, “It is with heavy hearts that we report Randy Alexander of Harvest, Alabama, passed away at a local hospital after sustaining injuries in an on-track incident at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. NHRA and the entire racing community extend their deepest condolences and their prayers to the participant’s family and friends. We also ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Auto Week shared what Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence had to say which consisted of him acknowledging that he and his fellow racers “do this for fun but is dangerous.” And the truth is, NHRA drag racing has been compared to being “strapped into a missile.” These vehicles travel at speeds that sometimes reach 330 mph, depending on which drag race class a racer chooses to compete in. For instance, when a driver is competing with a Pro Stock vehicle, drivers sometimes reach speeds of 210 mph or faster. But, if a driver is entered into the race behind the wheel of a Funny Car, their vehicle can reach speeds of 330 mph or even faster [NHRA].
The fact is, there are many careers that carry risks with the job. Those working in construction are more susceptible to falling while football players risk being hit too hard to where they develop concussions that can lead to brain damage. And the same risks apply to drag racers. These vehicles sometimes travel at such high speeds that when an accident does occur, and there is an increased chance that one will, that it will be fatal given the circumstances.
If you have been involved in an accident in Atlanta, it is best that you discuss your incident with an accident attorney who can you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and much more.
While we can’t be afraid to work in the field that intrigues us or one that is considered to be risky, we should know what to do in the event tragedy strikes and you are either left injured and/or unable to work. The fact is when you can’t work because you suffered an injury while on the job, you not only suffer physically but also financially. That is why if you ever find yourself dealing with this, that you contact an Atlanta, GA accident lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you may not have known you were entitled to collect.
USAttorneys.com is the leading source to finding reputable and dedicated Atlanta, GA accident attorneys and can help you locate one in your area today if you were recently involved in an accident.

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