Auto Bits: Tips for motorcycle riders
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Before heading out, motorcyclists should take heed, because in our automobile and truck-dominated society the odds are not on the side of motorcyclists, according to FindLaw.com. Motorcycle operators account for about 2 percent of the vehicles on the road, but account for 14 percent of all road traffic deaths, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Here are some safety tips for motorcycle operators and their passengers from FindLaw.com:

- Drive defensively: Regardless of how long you�ve been riding, always ride defensively, especially when approaching intersections, where, according to Allstate Insurance, 46 percent of all motorcycle crashes occur. On the highway or in the city, avoid an automobile or truck�s blind spot. Ride with your lights on. Use hand signals in addition to your lights. Avoid swerving in and out of traffic, and put some space between you and other riders on group rides.

- Wear your helmet: If you want to enjoy riding for a very long time, wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-certified helmet. Next to your bike, your helmet is a rider�s most important piece of equipment. Know the helmet laws in your state and the states to which you�re traveling. According to the Insurance Institut…………… continues on Fall River Herald News

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Australian DJ Jack McCord given ‘fighting chance’ after Bali motorcycle accident
News from Sydney Morning Herald:

DJ ‘Jack McCord’ (Andrew) has suffered critical injuries in a motorcycle accident in Bali.

The music community has rallied behind Sydney DJ and producer Jack McCord who was seriously injured in motorcycle crash in Bali on Friday.

After learning of the severity of MrMcCord’s injuries, which included shattering bones on the left side of his body, friends immediately took to social media to fundraise the $ 50,000 required to airlift him to Darwin. 

The response was enormous, with more than $ 73,000 pouring in just three days. 

Over the weekend, friends Paul Strange and Sean Doyle used social media to keep concerned supporters updated on MrMcCord’s condition, while issuing pleas for donations.

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Mr Strange, who recruited a host of Sydney DJs for a fundraiser at the Goldfish Nightclub on Sunday night, noted on his Facebook page last night that an additional $ 5500 had been raised at the event. 

According to Mr Doyle’s Facebook page, Mr McCord was transferred to Darwin on Sunday morning, and had been taken off sedation on Sunday night. 

“[I]t goes without saying that we have given this man a fighting chance. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!” he posted. 

After crashing his motorbike on Friday, McCord reportedly waited more than two hours t…………… continues on Sydney Morning Herald

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