Accident Dreams


“I had a dream about an accident!” The standard interpretations of dreams involving accidents are forewarnings of bad things to come. The dream should focus on trying to be on guard against possible danger in their waking life. The standard interpretation from a psychological standpoint is that the dream can represent anxieties that the dreamer has with regards to their well being and also an unwillingness to take responsibility. Coming from a spiritual perspective, dreams involving an accident can foretell the need of an intervention in one’s life.

Using the Freudian theory of dream interpretations, he believed that dreams involving accidents are brought about from our unconscious mind to help us deal with the subconscious urges that we have. Conversely, Carl Jung believed that dreams involving accidents are often a reaction to a dramatic experience we have had in the past or something that we deeply fear deep down inside. Someone who has had a serious car accident is more likely to have a nightmare about a car accident because their subconscious mind is dealing with the emotional association with the event.

dreams about a plane crashA very common definition given by dream psychologists for dreams involving accidents is that your subconscious has noticed certain things that you might not have picked up in your waking life. If you dream that all of a sudden your car spins off the road while you are talking on the phone, it probably means that you haven’t realized the danger in your waking state.  You might have even read a statistic about the dangers of driving with cell phones in the car and your subconscious mind picked up on this fear.

If you dream that you cause an accident, then you fear losing control of your actions or the consequences of your actions. You fear that pursuing the goals that you need to pursue will harm other people. There is often a feeling of guilt. Sometimes this guilt is associated with a particular action, and sometimes it is associated with simply being yourself and having your own needs.

Accident Situations

Accident to the Dreamer

Did you dream that an accident happened to you? Did you cut your hand while you were making a meal or fall off a bike while you were riding down the hell? When you dream about an accident that happens to you it is important for you to look at specific details of the dream. This is especially true if it happened doing a task that you usually have no problem with. If you cut your finger off while preparing your dinner it can mean that your subconscious is forewarning you of the danger of that particular activity.

If you dream that you are the victim of an accident, then you fear a circumstance in your life that might harm you. Your subconscious has not identified any particular malice behind this circumstance, but nevertheless you do fear that something out-of-control will hurt you in some way.

If you have an accident while mowing the lawn or driving a car the engine stops working you should check and make sure that everything is working properly before you use it. The basic interpretation of accident dreams is a forewarning of a danger that could arise if you are not careful.

Sometimes accident dreams involving the accident can be straightforward fears that you have about the specific activity. If you hate flying because you always see plane crashes on the TV and dream about your plane crashing, this is probably a reflection of an actual fear that you have. Accidents happening to the dream can often be an attempt of your subconscious to show you that you can overcome adversity if the outcome of the dream is good at the end.

Accident in the Home

People who dream about accidents occurring in a family home may have a lot of built up tension that they have not noticed. Sometimes that dream can show you actual dangers that you might not have noticed, like a slippery stair or the oven being left on too long. Sometimes dreams about accidents in homes can mean that you need to change something that you are very comfortable in. You might be comfortable in your current situation by the dream is telling you to go out and rebuild something that you already have.

Accidents to Loved Ones

Often accidents happening to love ones can represent the deep connection that you have with that person. You might dream that your love one is killed in a plane crash before you are going to see them. This is your unconscious fear of losing something and someone that you value so closely to your heart. Sometimes dreaming of a loved one dying can represent an aspect of yourself that needs to be changed in order for you to move on. You could also be too attached to someone and the dream can be letting you know that that person needs his or her space.

Accident at Sea

Dreaming of an accident will have a different meaning depending on the dreamers perception. If you are afraid of the deep blue sea and fear drowning then the accident at sea could be your subconscious trying to face this hidden fear that you have. It can also represent your disappointment you have with people or someone you loved in the past. If you are completely overwhelmed by the water then it can show you that you have too much going on in your life. You might need to take a step back and look for ways to cut out some excess things you don’t need. If you dream that you are trying to save people as they are drowning in the ocean it can represent specific aspects or traits of yourself that you want to hold onto even though you know you should let it go.

Accident to Someone Else

If you dream that someone else has an accident in your dream it can mean a number of things. The first and most obvious interpretation of this is that you might have specific hidden feelings of aggression towards this person. The person in your dream can also represent a specific aspect of yourself that you are afraid of losing.

Car Accident (Crash)

If you have had a close encounter while driving or been in a car accident in the past, dreaming about a car crash can reflect these hidden fears and anxieties you have about driving. This is also true if you have recently watched the news and they have shown a number of car accidents. Dream about a car crash can also mean that you have had obstacles and hurdles that you need to overcome to achieve your life goals. There might be certain setbacks that you have experienced and you need to get back on the road, even though you feel like quitting.

A dream involving a car that is losing control and injuries innocent bystanders can represent your current path in life. You might be in danger of losing control of your life or you might be hurting people around you without even realizing it. Sometimes dreams about losing control in a car can be literal warnings from your subconscious and you should consider having your breaks checked.

Plane Crash

If you dream about a plane crash then it shows the anxiety and fear you have of not being in control. When we fly in a play we have absolutely no power in the outcome of the flight. Dreaming about a plane crashing can indicate that you need realize that some parts and aspects of your life are out of your hands. You might have a family member that is constantly worrying you with his or her actions even though you have no control over them. Sometimes dreams about plane crashes can be a fear of a project you have been working on collapsing or your inability to meet certain obligations.

Train Crash

Similar to the plan crash, being in a train represent a lack of control you have over certain situations. Because a train accidents usually involve a problem with a track it can indicate that parts of your life need to be evaluated to ensure that everything is on the right track. Train accidents can also warn the dreamer of problems with financial areas of their life.

Minor Accidents

Accident from above

To dream of something falling down from the ceiling can imply danger that you might be in. Your subconscious mind could have detected something that you don’t see and is telling your conscious mind to “look up” to ensure you don’t get hit. If something from above misses you when it falls down then it can indicate that you might have narrowly escaped some type of misfortune in your life.

Breaking Things

Dreaming of something breaking can mean that you have certain changes that are going to occur in your life and you should be ready to face them. These dreams can also be a warning to slow down and take a step back before you lose something in your life that is important to you. If you are breaking of smashing something in your dream then it can be a sign of you letting go of your inhibitions and getting rid of something that you don’t need in your life. This can be anything from a work project to a relationship that might not be good for you. These dreams can also be a message from your subconscious to let go an take things less seriously in your life.


If you get burned in your dream it can mean that you are playing with fire and need to be careful. These dreams can be a warning of bad things to come if you don’t change the current course of action that you are in. If you dream that you are setting an object on fire then it can show your intense emotion or sexual feeling that you have towards something. If your home is burning down then it can indicate the fear of losing something that you have worked hard to get. This could also be a forewarning for you to put a smoke detector in your home.


Dreaming about having a cut on your body can show that there is a wound that you need to tend to. Maybe someone in your life has recently hurt you emotionally. You need to take time to make sure the cut heals and there is not scar. If you are the person cutting yourself then it can indicate unhappiness and turmoil that is in your waking life. There is problem something going on that is causing you a lot of stress that you don’t have control over.

Farting/Burping in Public

If you are farting by accident in a dream then it represent a fear of being noticed by others.  These dreams can also represent people who are being passive aggressive in their waking life. If you are farting or burping on purpose then it shows that your subconscious wants you to be less concerned with what others think of you.

Slipping/Tripping/Stumbling in a dream

Dreams about an accidentTo have a slip of the tongue in your dream can mean that you are doing things in your life that you don’t really want to do. If you are tripped intentionally in a dream then it can mean that you have people in your life that are trying to stop you from accomplishing you goals. If you stumble in your dream but don’t fall then it can show that you are able to overcome obstacles that have been put in your way. Dreams about slipping, tripping and stumbling often represent hurdles in your life that are out of your control. You might not be transitioning to a new job or relationship as smoothly as you wished.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. My dream was a about my brother. He’s in the army, and lives in Washington state now while I’m at college in NM. All I remember was being at a church and walking the aisle to a casket crying. It felt too real. I called him when I woke up, which was like 3 am. I scared him more then myself. Idk. I keep having this dream I want it to stop. Advice?

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