Cumming Man Wins Millions from Federal Gov. in Accident Suit

Cumming Man Wins Millions from Federal Gov. in Accident Suit

A federal judge recently awarded a man from Cumming $5.7 million in connection to a 2012 crash involving him and a United States Postal Service delivery truck, Forsyth County News reports.

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The man, Jonathan Seitz, was injured in November of 2012 in Banks County, northeast of Cumming. He was passing a stopped mail delivery truck on his motorcycle when the delivery truck made a sudden left turn, crashing into Seitz and seriously damaging his right leg.

Seitz was flown to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was in a coma for 13 days. The injuries to his right leg were so extensive that the limb had to be amputated.

Approximately three years later, Seitz brought a suit against the federal government. His lawsuit was heard by Judge William O’Kelley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The case was tried in Gainesville on November 16 and 17 of 2015.

On April 27, Judge O’Kelley made his decision, ruling in favor of Mr. Seitz. In his decision, O’Kelley referenced the fact that the postal worker failed to utilize his turn signal.

Seitz was awarded over $5 million. By the time of the case, he had accumulated over $1 million in medical expenses alone.

Seitz and his attorneys were clearly pleased with the verdict.

“The judge did an exceptional job in carefully considering the evidence,” said Joe Fired, one of Seitz’s attorney. He added that, while they wished for a larger award, he and his client were happy with the outcome of the case.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the decision.

Accidents involving U.S. Postal Service vehicles are nothing new. A study done by the Office of the Inspector General in 2012 estimates that 20,000 accidents occur every year involving vehicles operated by employees of the Postal Service.

Fried says that his hope is that this case will serve as teaching moment for the federal government and the Postal Service.

“My hope from this verdict is that the U.S. Postal Service learns from this so that these types of crashes can be avoided in the future.”

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