Car Accident Dream

car accident dream meaning

Uncover What A Car Accident Dream REALLY Means!

Ok, car accident dreams can be rather worrying. But, you will be pleased to know that these dreams normally crop up when you are feeling out of control in life.

The “car accident dream” is directly associated with helplessness in life and it is time for you to have more fun! Each year millions of people dream of a minor or major car accident. Equally, in 2013 around 54 million people found themselves in REAL car accidents. But what does it mean to dream of this? The symbol of a car is associated with your own drive, determination, and ambitions in life. The impact of dreams can lead us thinking about our many paths (and ambitions) in waking life. The car is really a symbol of “you” and how you manage your life. The most common dream interpretation of a car accident is that you are out of control, worried about making an error or your fear of being in a real accident.

A traffic collision in dreams can sometimes result in injury, death and also damage and this is no different in your subconscious mind. In the spiritual world accidents (per say!) do not really occur. The vision your sleep could (in some circumstances) and indicate a premonition or alternatively warn you to drive more safely the following day there is something important to consider when analyzing this dream. Firstly, are you the driver or someone else?

The famous dream psychologist from the 1930s Sigmund Freud often referred to accident dreams in his lectures. Many of the theories of Freud have been researched since his books, especially his theory that daily life images sometimes affect our dream state. Therefore, seeing an accident on the TV or computer could result in a dream of an accident. Carl Jung believed that accidents are connected to our own inner fear of obstacles in waking life.

Behind the wheel

The position where you sit in the car is important and can indicate the language of your dreams. Maybe you are wanting more control or that you wish someone else will be in the driving seat for a change! If you are driving the car in your dream then this is about control. Are you lacking control? Is this the control of others?

Often, we feel that others control our every move and if you have recently felt like this then driving a car into an accident can occur. Being a passenger can indicate that you are taking a passive stance towards something in life. This could be managing your time better or alternatively that you are thinking about your relationship. If you are not driving but just sitting at the back of the car during the accident then other people are in control of elements of your life that you need to take back.

The road

The highway or the type of road that was featured in your car accident is important. A twisty road indicates that you might be looking for a sense of adventure. The road can signify your own personal associations and be the symbol of control. Sometimes a dream is a subconscious way we can all learn allot from the past, or what lessons the past has to offer us. To drive on a straight road can suggest that you are moving towards a goal which may be challenging. This usually indicates the start of a new beginning but the accident in your dream illustrates that you are feeling obstacles in waking life.

These obstacles could be causing your goals and dreams to stall! In my dreams about car accidents, the road was always familiar to me. Seeing a road which you drive on can be a warning or alternatively suggest that through everything you will win. The road is also like a competition. Can you overcome the obstacles? Can you win? If the road was clear and no other cars were traveling before your accident then This dream is about the transition out of a dark or worrying period in life.

The time of day

The time of day when the car accident occurred in the dream represents more detail into the dream interpretation. Night: A car accident that occurred at night can illustrate that you are trying to end something difficult in life. In the day: this represents your own wisdom. The hours of the day also refer to our age in life and the day represents our youth! If the accident occurred in the day it could be related to your career, maybe it is time to find new beginnings and hope.

Daily Car Usage

If you use your car daily then it is common to dream of car accidents, especially if you drive to and from work. This is important from a psychological perspective. There are a number of factors that might have resulted in this dream, as follows:

Lack of control

I have touched on this previously, but car accidents in many psychology and dream books denote a sense of feeling out of control.


An accident in real life automatically puts one into a state of confusion in shock. This feeling is supposed to protect us from any emotional pain or hurt that we are currently feeling. This is no different in the dream world. The car accident could be a symbolism that you need to be protected from a difficult or problematic time. This could have been experiences of the past alternatively experiences forthcoming.


Many people contact me to ask if they are in danger of having a car accident - after having this dream. I am sure you may be wondering if to make your normal journey this morning. I will say that this dream is normally symbolic and does not mean it is really going to happen. But I must say this. There is a small chance that “spirit” has sent this dream to you to protect you against a possible accident. This has happened to me before.

You need to decide for yourself (in your gut) if you feel “ready” to drive after having such a dream. Car accidents where people are hurt in dreams can be somewhat a shock and jolt us into worrying worry about real-life driving. Often it is coupled with the feeling of frustration or loss of control. Only YOU can decide if you feel this way and if this is a scene from your future. I do feel that after experiencing a premonition of my own car accident (via a dream) that the dream prepared me to manage the car. I won’t go into specific details about what happened to me as this dream is about you, but I will say, drive carefully after having this dream and meditate as you should feel if the dream is really a message from above.


Car accidents can often be hidden symbolizes of our “own” anxiety. These worries can be due to an unfortunate event alternatively something that you regret. It is not uncommon to have a dream of a car accident when there is something really challenging you in life. I like to refer to these challenging times as a storm, if a storm has hit your life and potentially everything seems up in the air then this dream often occurs. There are many different elements that may come into play during your car accident dream.


This resides in our body and from a psychological perspective because of something that has happened in our past. Sometimes in dreams car accidents occur due to a psychological problem from an abnormal situation.

Car accident types

There are many different types of collisions that can occur in the dream: rear-end, head-on collisions, rollovers or driving into an object – such as a building or water. A smash-up can often indicate that there is something excessive in life - especially if you were driving at excessive speed. The cause of the accident is also important. Normally, this might be due to a driver’s error, or some object may crash into your car. Seeing your own car in an accident (in very rare occasions) can mean you do indeed need to drive safely.

Dreams about crashing a car into another car

Dreaming about crashing into an oncoming car illustrates that you are feeling tired, restless and worried about the future. There is a focus on new beginnings but this will take some time to plan.

Dreams about driving a car into a tree

This dream indicates that you are not feeling grounded at the moment. The tree in dreams is associated with how we interact with others and that you wish to get out of a difficult problem.

Dreaming of a car hitting a bus

Having a car accident by hitting a bus in a dream can indicate that you need to move against certain elements in life. In personal relationships, many people experience ups and downs. This dream could indicate that you are trying to free yourself from the influence of “people who try to control you.” In personal relationships, the bus can represent attempts by someone else to control you.

Dreams about hitting a stationary car

This dream is connected to our inner feelings about risking something in life. Driving or hitting a stationary car can indicate that at times people will turn to you for advice.

Dreams about crashing a car into a truck

To dream of a truck indicates difficult times in the future, especially if you crash a car into the truck. A truck moving in one’s dream can be a problem that needs to be declared. There needs to be a strategy that you are developed.

Dreams about trying to escape from a car accident

When we are encountering an accident (in real life) we go into survival mode. It is like we are sitting in life patiently and the car coming towards us unexpectedly smashes into us, this is exactly what it means to escape a car accident in life. There are certain things that arouse how the ability to survive. I know myself after encountering car accidents you suddenly go into survival. In a fleeting moment, you could potentially (in the dream) be able to lift a car, this is due to the adrenaline around your body! This sense is known as flight or flees instincts and escaping a car accident indicates you are escaping some dramatic and complex situation in real life!

Dreams about others who have caused a car accident

If someone you know caused the accident in a dream this can mean that you need help to recover from a “difficult” situation from your past. The person that caused the accident could be known to you or may present themselves as a stranger in your dream - and this can often signify that you unexpectedly rely on other people.

Dreams about avoiding or preventing a car accident

Avoiding a car accident indicates that you will need to focus more in the future. Swerving out of the way of an accident in the dream indicates a close encounter with danger in waking life. There could be a goal or issue that you need to sort out with another problem. The accident itself could be a clue that patterns are changing. If you try to prevent a car accident this can indicate that you are trying to recognize people who are oppressive and controlling. Generally, we don’t often understand the sense that someone is trying to control us. Preventing a car accident can mean that you are preventing trouble in daily life.

Dreams about seeing a car accident

If you witnessed a car accident in a dream this is connected to a goal that has not been achieved. This is out of your control. It could mean that you missed out on a job, your goals are not focused or that you are thinking about breaking up with someone.

Dreams about car wrecks

If you see car wreaks or multiple cars piled up then this can connect to a feeling of panic. Similarly, dreaming that you are in the middle of a large collision can be repressed emotions about something that is important. To be behind the wheel during the dream can indicate that you are in control and that life has taken the shape of a roller coaster.

Dream about driving off a bridge

To dream of driving off a bridge into the water can spiritually be related to new beginnings. The fact the bridge is high indicates a change is coming. This will be despite your endless resistance and you need to decide what you need to take with you in order for a new phase of life to materialize. If you dream that the car actually flew through the air then this can be common. It can indicate that you need to relax more.

Dreams about dying or that you died in a car accident

Finding that you die in a car accident can suggest the ending of something in real life. It can represent our own unconscious mind and that we need to think about the areas of our life where we need to relax more!

Dreams about someone who died in a car accident

This can be a terrifying dream. Dreaming of someone who has died in a car accident can contain a message for you to decode. My first question is: who was this person in your dream? Did you know them? What is relative? The actual person can be an indication you’re going to receive the difficult news which has shocked you about them.

The dream could be a message to the person in your dream. If somebody that you knew or alternatively somebody he was featured in your dream. Dreaming of a loved one dying in a car accident can be somewhat traumatic, I know myself that when I have such dreams I worry about that particular relative. If you feel very strongly about the dream it might be worth possibly telling them about the dream and the fact that they need to drive more carefully.

If your dream contained emergency services and there was people trying to save someone’s life due to an accident then this can suggest other people are going to come to your aid. If there was someone in the car while you were driving and an error caused an accident then this in dreams illustrates that we are feeling unsafe about a certain situation. This could be financial or alternatively related to your career.

Dreams about a girlfriend dying in a car accident

Have you been worried or puzzled about your girlfriend? And, wondered what is going on? Why are they acting like that? If you have pondered about certain instances in your own life, especially in regard to relationships, then it is common to dream of your girlfriend in a car accident. When a loved one actual dies in the car accident this indicates that you might need to let go of something in life.

Dreams about a car flipping over

A car flipping over in a dream can indicate intense mental anguish and emotional pain, not to mention things going upside down. I think the reason we have this type of dream is when we try to control others. Sometimes we get use to things the way they are.

Dreams about a child getting hit by a car

Unraveling the mystery of seeing a child hit by a car can come from our deep inner child. Specifically, remember, that this is a dream and that the symbol of a child could be something you care about. If you are a parent in real life it could be a common “fear” dream. Even though our childhood upbringing “cultural morals” and injustices happen. This can erode our own beliefs. The answer of what this dream means can be hidden in the details of the dream. If the child was hit by you (when driving a car) can mean that you feel out of control in an aspect of your childhood. It could indicate painful memories.

Dreams about hit and run

A hit-and-run featured in a dream can indicate reckless behavior. It can also be symbolic of “escaping something important” in your current life. Hit-and-runs are morally not right. Is someone else doing something morally wrong to you? In many jurisdictions around the world, there is an obligation to stop when there is an accident.

If you find yourself in a dream, and you are unable to stop or you’re too scared to wait for the police this can signify that you are trying to remove yourself from something difficult in waking life. If you face the consequences of being hit and run (maybe being arrested) then this implies a cancellation in life. The hit-and-run in dreams generally indicates your own mental state. If anybody was killed or injured during the hit-and-run this means you may be going through some difficult times at the moment.

Dreams about driving a car into water

Dreams about driving into water are extremely common, this is due to the fact that water carries a significant amount of power from a spiritual perspective. Water featured in a dream of danger indicates that your own emotions are being challenged. Noah built the ark to survive the flood of the water, floating on water in a dream can mean it’s time for a new change. To find yourself in a car that is sinking is often connected to our own emotional state. To see stormy or deep water during the dream can indicate that you are out of reach from difficult or turbulent times. To watch yourself being plummeted from a height into water can indicate that you will observe some difficulties going forward.

Dreams of driving into a lake or river can suggest that you will need to piece together some elements in order to make “positive changes” in your life. If you suddenly find that the car swallowed by the water it can signify the rising and falling of your own emotions. Being immersed in water can generally be quite a nightmare and on a more positive note, water stabilizes us. And, to dream of driving into the water can mean you are trying to take back control.

Dreams about drowning in a car accident:

This is a very uncomfortable dream to say the least. Dreams of drowning are connected to how we survive on a day to day basis. There is a chance you may be hurt in future and that you are feeling as if you are being “swallowed” by emotion. Drowning can often signify a fear of your own emotions. Being in a car accident and then drowning suggests you are feeling overwhelmed. Water points to our own inner struggles for the fact that you are trying to fight for what you believe in may feel that you are in danger in this dream has often been classified as an anxiety type dream by many dream psychologists such as Freud.

Drowning can also indicate you may be facing some turbulent or difficult times in the future, remember that it is just a dream and that we can never die or be hurt in our dream state. If you see yourself in a car going underwater then this illustrates that you are going to be moving towards “more focus” in life. Water is connected to rebirth and also how we interact with others. When you dream that you actually die of drowning in the car accident, this is connected to your own subconscious mind. Such a dream can illustrate that new more important times are on their way drowning has often been referred to a phase of being reborn.

In summary, encountering a car accident in a dream is often associated with control, problems and recklessness in life. This dream meaning would not have come into fruition without the many thousands of people that have shared their dream experiences and insights with me, so thank you my users. For 20 years I have studied dreams, and, I like to think I am a bit of a vivid dreamer, and I have had this dream a few times in my life. The damage of the car accident is equally important. To make an error on your part during the dream can indicate that might be moving too fast in situations in waking life.

By Flo Saul
Nov 23, 2018