WHEELING – Two lawsuits have been filed against Wheeling Rubber Products after the plaintiffs claim they were injured in a car accident due to one of the defendant’s employees.

Alan Edward Dunaway was also named as a defendant in the suits.

On Jan. 15, 2015, Dunaway was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 pickup truck as the agent, employee, officer or servant of the Wheeling Rubber, according to two complaints filed Jan. 12 in Ohio Circuit Court.

Christopher Brill and Susan Baker claim Dunaway was actively working within the scope and duty of his employment, agency, representation, performance of services and/or furtherance of business interest for Wheeling Rubber.

The plaintiffs were on W.Va. 2 at or near 74 Warwood Ave. when Dunaway recklessly and negligently operated the pickup truck that he violently struck and caused a rear-end collision with Brill’s 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck, in which Baker was a passenger, according to the suits.

Brill and Baker claim Dunaway failed to yield the right of way; failed to keep a reasonable and proper lookout; failed to maintain control of the truck; violated state and local ordinances; failed to exercise due care; operated the truck in a manner unsuited to the roadway; failed to operate the truck in accordance with existing traffic conditions; failed to apply the brakes of the truck in time to avoid the collision; failed to observe traffic; and followed too closely, among other violations.

The plaintiffs suffered damages to their bodies, including head, neck, back, extremities, shoulders, body chemistry, psyche, muscle tissues, soft tissue and other body parts, according to the suits.

Brill and Baker are seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. They are being represented by Jacob M. Robinson and David P. Robinson of Robinson Law Offices.

Ohio Circuit Court case numbers: 17-C-11, 17-C-12

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