Governor Rendell signed legislation that shields truckers from paying for damaged goods caused by a shipper's negligence.

The sponsor of the legislation, Mark Longietti, D-Mercer said that when truckers pick up a product, they have to sign a document that indemnifies or releases the shipper from all liability.

“It sometimes results in truckers being forced to pay for products that were damaged before they were put on a truck, or damage caused by a shipper improperly packing a product,” Longietti said.

The legislation will prevent shippers from shifting liability to truckers when damage is caused by the shipper's own neglect or intentional or reckless act, Longietti said. Contractual language to the contrary will be void under the new law.