Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed the anti-indemnification bill on Aug. 10.
Four other states — South Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, and Hawaii — have also passed legislation this year protecting truckers from such contracts.
In 2008 the insurance task force of American Trucking Associations decided to make liability protection a priority. Carriers had been reporting that more and more shippers were making them choose between accepting liability and getting a contact.
At that time, only 12 states had anti-indemnification statutes on their law books.