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Travis Shull killed in a motorcycle accident with a water truck

Dellroy, Ohio – Travis Shull was killed in a two-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and a water truck.

Mr. Shull was eastbound on County Road 11, driving a 2007 BMW motorcycle, when he attempted to pass a 2017 International water truck also headed east. While passing, the trucker made a left-hand turn, causing Mr. Shull to hit the truck’s front-left tire.

The collision forced Mr. Shull off the roadway, where his motorcycle hit a ditch, ejecting him from the bike. Mr. Shull was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

No further information was immediately available.

Further investigation must be conducted to help the surviving family receive the answers they need

This is a complicated crash that will need to be further investigated to ensure the family of the deceased victim receives the answers they need to move forward. On the one hand, the report indicates Mr. Shull passed on a double yellow. However, this alone does not exonerate the truck driver from all liability.

We are handling a case similar to this where a tractor made an abrupt left turn off a county road while our client passed to the left on a double yellow line. In that case, the construction driver was traveling below the posted speed limit and made no indication of his intent to turn left. As a result, our client had no way of knowing the vehicle would cut off his lane of travel.

Accidents involving a similar fact pattern occur with alarming frequency across the nation. When a driver interrupts the flow of traffic and fails to signal their intent to turn, they may be held partially responsible for an accident caused by such behavior.

More information will be needed before a firm conclusion can be drawn based on the actions of both drivers. One cannot look at the action of Mr. Shull alone. There are two sides to every accident, and when a man’s life is taken, the full story must be revealed. Mr. Shull may have made a mistake, but he paid the ultimate price. If there was fault on the truck driver, he should not be permitted to escape liability simply because another party also made a mistake.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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