Car Accident Dream Meaning and Interpretation

The only consolation of having a dream where you are in a car accident is that you wake up, and you’re in bed. As consolations go, that can be a pretty big one, considering the alternative, especially when your dream is as stressful as this.

Car accidents, whether in dreams or in waking life, are a reminder not to take things for granted, not to get too caught up in the little things, but this isn’t the only symbolism behind a dream of a car accident.

Here’s everything you need to know in order to decode your car accident dream.  

Understanding Traumatic Dreams

Nightmares are always unwelcome, and the key to breaking their hold over you is to understand why you might have had this upsetting dream in the first place.

Car accident dreams can be very stressful, and this negativity might end up influencing the rest of your day, so it does help if you can find the meaning behind your dream.

For a lot of people, traumatic dreams are caused by underlying or lingering negativity, including stress, worry, and anger. 

Think about how you feel when you wake up from a stressful dream, such as a car accident, where you feel like you’ve run a few miles, both your heart and your head pounding. 

It takes a second for you to remember where you are, to convince yourself that it wasn’t real. This process is the same for stressful events, where you probably need a minute to gather yourself together again.

However, if you don’t process incredibly stressful situations, preferring to pretend they don’t exist, they can reappear in your dreams – often as something entirely different, but a source of stress or anxiety all the same. 

Having the occasional nightmare is normal, but having a recurring nightmare suggests there’s a lot of fear, stress, or uncertainty which you need to unpack. 

It’s not an easy road, and it will be a long one, but it will be worth it in the end if you confront your fears.

What does a Car Accident Dream Mean?

Dreaming of a car accident has quite a lot of symbolism behind it. Let’s go through some of the most common themes. 

How in Control You Feel

When people say something is a mess, they might say “it’s a car crash.” In terms of dreams, cars represent how in control you feel over your life. If you’re in the driver’s seat, you feel pretty assertive over your own life’s path. 

So when you dream of a car crash, you feel things are going badly wrong. In particular, a car crash points to trouble in your professional life, where things are nowhere near as easy as you might have imagined.

Maybe something out of your control has ruined your productivity, or a long-term project hasn’t produced the results you want. Your disappointments and feeling as though your hard work has come to nothing is reflected in the car wreck in your dream. 

If you dream of a near-miss, this indicates that although you’ll run into some problems, you’ll be able to get things back on track.


We all worry. It shows just how much you care about the outcome or someone in your life, or how much you value things as they are now. Car crashes in dreams can represent anxiety, and the worst-case scenario. 

Car crash dreams can occur when you feel extremely worried about something or someone. It’s a way of giving your anxieties room to play out, and you may even feel a little better equipped to deal with them if and when they happen in waking life.

Your Connection with Others

Dreaming of a car crash can also reflect your relationships, specifically any arguments or misunderstandings you’ve had lately. 

You may have seen them coming, or you may not, but there is an aftermath which needs processing. Both of you might have to step away from the situation and let yourselves cool off, and regain your senses of perspective, before you attempt to repair anything.

The car crash in your dream is both the conflict and the regret caused by the argument or problems. You wish you could take things back, or that they never said anything to begin with, but it’s too late for that.

If you dream of your partner driving a car with you inside, and it crashes, this indicates that your love life has taken the ‘driving seat’ of your life. You put it before everything else, or it always seems to come first.


Similarly, a car accident dream can represent your mistakes, whether you knew what you were doing or not. Car accidents are always mistakes, so it’s apt that the things you do by mistake can appear as car crashes.

This may be anything from financial mistakes, living beyond what you have, investing in the wrong company, taking too many risks, to more personal mistakes, such as offending someone or making a blunder at work.

The bigger the crash in your dream, the bigger your mistakes, and the longer it will take to sort them out.

Life Goals

We often link roads and driving to where we think our lives are headed, and how we think we’re doing. In terms of car crashes, these accidents can symbolize the ‘bumps’ in the road we encounter when chasing after our dreams.

While we know that things don’t go how we plan them most of the time, your dream is drawing your attention to this. 

Maybe you’re hoping with everything you have that something will turn out differently than how you expect, or you’re trying to control every tiny aspect.  

If you dream of a crash where your car is forced from the road, it may be time to rethink where you want to go in life. Things aren’t exactly how you pictured.

Common Car Crash Dreams and What They Mean

There are many ways car accidents appear in our dreams, and several possibilities of the cause of the car crashes, which inevitably leads to different meanings. 

Here are a few of the most common car accident dreams, and the symbolism behind them.

Dreaming of Crashing into Another Car

If you dream of your car hitting someone else’s, this suggests that your outlook is suffering, and it’s coloring the choices you make, not just your attitude. 

You feel the future doesn’t hold anything good for you, and it’s only a source of worry.

Alternatively, dreaming of your car hitting another car indicates that you will stumble upon a new life path or goal, either by accident or by someone else’s urging.

Crashing a Sports Car in Your Dream

Dreaming of crashing a very expensive sports car reflects financial worries, or anxieties surrounding your reputation and how other people see you. It may be time to make some changes.

Dreaming of Hitting a Tree

Trees in dreams (see also Tree Symbolism In Dreams) often represent how grounded you feel, and how well you’re able to relate to others. 

Crashing a car into a tree within your dream implies that you are feeling numb or otherwise disconnected from your life, the people around you, or your perspective isn’t what it should be. 

This dream can also reflect how you’ve ‘hit’ a difficult problem, one which you know you cannot overcome without outside help. It’s time to reach out.

Dreaming of Escaping a Crashed Car

If you dream of having a car crash, and you have to escape the car yourself, this suggests that an issue in waking life will only be solved if you take action to do so. 

It won’t solve itself, and the quicker you work it out, the better you will feel.

Or, dreaming of escaping from a crash is your subconscious drawing your attention to your ability to cope under pressure. You’re better equipped to handle things than you think.

Dreaming of Preventing a Car Accident

If you dream of preventing a car accident, either by swerving the car, slamming on the brakes, or dragging someone away from a car out of control, this is a good sign.

This dream reflects how you’ve managed to avert potential disaster in your waking life. This may be because you’ve got rid of a bad habit, or you’re making an effort to keep the peace in a relationship, or simply by reaching out to someone.

Dreaming of Crashing into an Ocean or Lake

If you dream of your car being submerged in water, this signifies how you are being ruled by your emotions. 

You’re allowing them to color every decision you make, instead of thinking things through logically. Is it time you changed your approach?

If you dream of drowning as a result of a car crashing into water, this means that you are worried your emotions will cause you to react badly to something, or you feel you cannot cope with an emotionally charged situation in waking life.

How to Interpret Your Car Accident Dream

Dreaming of a car accident can be a very difficult experience, making it hard to see past the emotion it causes, which makes it more difficult to decipher the meaning.

A car crash dream can even be worrying in the sense that you may feel it’s a prediction of the future, where you’ll suffer from being in a car accident. 

While this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, this is unlikely to happen, as cars represent your life journey, your sense of power over your own life, and how you feel things are going.

But how do you unpack your specific dream of having a car accident?

When it comes to deciphering your dreams, the details of your dream can completely change the meaning, and they are often extremely specific to you. After all, it’s your dream. 

There are a few things to look for. 

The Car

The car in your dream of having a car crash is the most obvious thing to look for when trying to figure out your dream. If it was a sports car, this suggests that you’re too focused on superficial, material goals, or you’re concerned about your financial situation.

A rundown car can represent how you feel the future won’t be kind to you, how it only feels like a source of anxiety or pressure. If you were driving the car you have in waking life, this is a reflection of your daily life.


Consider any people that were around you when you crashed. Were you driving? Were you in the passenger seat? How did they react to the crash?

What about bystanders? If you dream of unhelpful bystanders, this may reflect your opinions or worries about people as a whole.

If you dream of emergency services coming to help you, this indicates that you’ll find help from an unexpected source in the future, or you should be open to the advice of others. It can also imply that someone will come to you for help.

Where Were You?

The location of the car accident in your dream can also be symbolic, so try to remember where it happened. 

Dreaming of crashing in a forest implies that you need to reconnect to part of your life, or waking life in general. You want to feel more grounded. 

If you dream of crashing on a highway, this is your subconscious telling you that things will go differently than how you planned. You may have to adjust your approach accordingly.

Dreaming of your car going off a bridge (see also Dreaming Of Bridges) points to a fresh start somewhere in life. You’ll soon have some opportunities which will have the potential to reshape your life, or give you a new sense of purpose.

Did You Get Out?

This is a very important question to ask yourself when trying to find the meaning behind your dream of a car accident. 

If you survived the car crash in your dream, this points to your perception of your capabilities, and how important it is to think that you have a chance of succeeding.

If you died during your dream of a car crash, this points to a self-fulfilling prophecy, where you believe you’re incapable, so your approach to something will be ineffective.


Dreaming of a car crash can be an emotional experience, and you may find it more difficult than other dreams when it comes to deciphering it. 

Once you break down the dream into its details, the symbolism will start to emerge, and you’ll be able to understand what your subconscious is telling you.

What Does Dying In A Car Crash Dream Mean? Fatal Car Crash Dream Meaning?

Dreaming of dying in a car crash or a fatal accident refers to a complete breakdown in your self-belief. You feel you’re not in the driving seat of your life. 

Either someone else is making all of your decisions for you, or you feel that even though you’re trying your hardest, you’re just not getting anywhere.

What Does It Mean To Dream About Losing Control Of A Car?

A dream where you lose control of driving a car reflects instability and insecurity in waking life. This sort of dream is common when you feel life has completely derailed your plans or vision for the future, and what you were hoping for just isn’t possible now.

A dream like this is likely to occur after making a big mistake. The regret is eating away at you. It might have been something you never dreamed would backfire on you, and you’re left to make sense of the pieces. 

It could also be an impulsive decision you knew would backfire to an extent, but you felt it was worth it at the time. Now you’re seeing the ripple impact of your decision, you might regret it more than you thought you would. 

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Someone Getting In A Car Accident?

Dreaming of watching someone get into a car accident is likely when you feel helpless in watching someone else make a mistake. You might have seen this event coming. When you warned them about it, this person didn’t listen.

You might also have this dream when you are powerless to stop a loved one’s terrible situation that has no one to blame. Some things are just bad luck.

What Is The Spiritual Meaning Of A Car Accident In A Dream?

The image of a car on a long road in your dream represents your spiritual journey through life. 

So a dream of a car accident points to a ‘bump’ in the road along your journey. This could be an unexpected problem or twist in your life that you might struggle with.

Maybe something you’ve been diligently working towards isn’t possible now, or you’ll have to try a different tactic to get to where you want to be.

What Is The Meaning Of Seeing A Car Accident In A Dream?

Dreaming of being a bystander in a car accident can reflect anxiety, confusion, and despair in waking life. You may be watching a terrible situation you are powerless in, or something has come along to shake up your life. 

What Does It Mean To Dream About A Car Accident As A Passenger?

A dream where you’ve been involved in a car accident as a passenger refers to self-image or confidence issues in waking life. 

Your belief in yourself is lower than you ever thought it could be, or you’re watching other people make decisions that directly affect you without thinking about their effect on you.


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