The first fatal motor vehicle accident happened in 1896. In the aftermath, the attending coroner remarked, “This must never happen again.” Sadly, it has. To the tune of about 25 million and counting. In fact, the numbers seem to keep rising, with nearly 1.2 million people dying each year in car accidents. Even scarier is the fact that automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for people between the ages of 3 and 33.

So why are all these accidents happening? They can be broken down into five primary causes and here they are, in ascending statistical order:

As you can see, all of these are preventable by modifying behavior. However, no matter how safe you are, you can’t account for the drivers with whom you share the road. If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident, you may want to think about contacting an attorney.