Starting in about 1935, the Toronto Daily Star published regular counts of the daily and yearly totals of traffic accidents and deaths.
Here’s March 26 1935:
November 23, 1936:
September 22, 1937:
September 14, 1938:
And, finally, December 13, 1939:
The Daily Star seems to have stopped this once war got going, unless I’ve missed some (always a possibility).
Judging by this, traffic fatalities were worse in the 1930s than they are now, when you consider that Toronto was a significantly smaller city back then. However, traffic deaths are becoming gradually higher these days, which is troubling.