In 1972, U.S. auto accident deaths peaked at 54,589. Industry and government invested billions to improve highway safety. The safety programs were broad, well funded and rational.
By 2011, auto-related fatalities decreased about 40 percent to 32,367, on a long continuing downward trend, even though vehicle miles driven increased about 240 percent.
In 2011, the number of gun deaths in the U.S. again increased, to 31,940. If those two trends continue in 2013, the number of gun deaths will exceed the number from traffic accidents.