598 P.2d 392 (Wash. 1979)

Plaintiff, an 11-year-old girl, was injured in a snowmobile accident.  At the time of the accident, the snowmobile was being operated by a 13-year-old boy.

The court expanded the rule of Dellwo v. Pearson and held that a minor who engages in any inherently dangerous activity — not just activities normally only engaged in by adults — would be held to an adult standard of care for negligence analysis.  The court reasoned that this rule would permit “children to be children but at the same time [would] discourage immature individuals from engaging in inherently dangerous activities.”

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