The United States has about 33,000 traffic deaths each year which is down from about 43,000 deaths per year before the recession.
There was an infamous high speed rail accident which killed 43 people in 2011 in China.
China rail safety: 876.22 billion passenger-km/year, 317 deaths over 20 years. This is one death per 55.3 billion passenger-km.
China's railway safety statistics appear to be under-reported. However, the roads in China seem far more dangerous than the rail.
Rail usage statistics by country in wikipedia
Here are european railway safety statistics.
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