I recall that the safe-driving groups point out the disparity in deaths- 'If a disease caused this many young people to die there would be a telethon' or words to that effect.
Another tragic aspect: Assuming that wars are inevitable, the traffic deaths are in the "preventable" class, like smoking deaths. (You see preventable stats in your Doctor incoming mail, no doubt.)
My wife, who is far too gullible for her own good (after all she married me) recently forwarded an interesting email that her parents sent her. You can read about the email at Snopes (I know, it isn't gospel but I wish people would at least LOOK there before sending improbable stuff to everybody in their address book). I'm intrigued by 2 questions related to this stuff.
(1) The email in question obviously originated with somebody who dislike Democrats but only a complete idiot would pretend that there are no similar lies coming from both ends of the political spectrum. Why do people make up stuff like this? It is so transparently false. Maybe it's just human nature.
(2) This may be the more interesting question, posed to me by my older son when I said something about the email. There are WAY MORE young people killed in automobile accidents every year than there are young people killed in the military but it is the combat deaths that get most of the press. For example, Teen Drivers, Facts - NCIPC
In the United States during 2005, 4,544 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. That same publication states that a large number of these are related to alcohol by teenage drivers, but even if we exclude the alcohol related deaths there are more deaths from MVAs than there are among military personnel. Why is one newsworthy but the other is not?