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 The State Journal-Register

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Charlotte man charged with filing false insurance claims on motorcycle
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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte man faces fraud charges after state agents say he filed false insurance claims on his motorcycle.

Investigators say Robert Thomas White, 53, of Kipling Drive, filed insurance claims with three different companies for the same damage to his 1985 Honda motorcycle.

White allegedly filed the claims with Progressive Insurance Company on Aug. 25, 2013, Allstate Insurance Company on Sept. 10, 2013, and GEICO on Sept. 16, 2013.

White collected $ 3,795.33 from the Progressive and Allstate claims, according to insurance agents.

He is charged with two counts of insurance fraud and one count each of obtaining property by false pretense and attempting to obtain property by false pretense, according to the NC Department of Insurance.

He was arrested by Charlotte police Monday and placed under a $ 3,000 bond.

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