Proof that I'm a data geek: I'm on a road trip cross-country, so this isn't the most cheering news, but transportation research site ITO World (Hat tip: Guardian) has taken US road fatality stats from 2001 to 2009 and mapped them on an interactive, zoomable, map:
It's a searchable, and drill-down-able map, and it's amazing how different it looks as you keep clicking. From a distance, it's just a cluster of purple dots. As you click and zoom, though, the dots get more distinct. Each one tells a story.
What's amazing, as I click along Route 40, from Flagstaff to Oklahoma City, is how many pedestrians are killed on the highway. And how (surprisingly, to me) few motorcyclists are represented.
Be careful out there.